Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - Social Scene - Naomi Marantelli will be at the Lanterns For Peace event today, where large il­lu­mi­nated lanterns are cast from the shore of Cor­nelian Bay at dusk as part of Refugee Week. From 4.30-6.30pm, Cor­nelian Bay Fore­shore, New Town. For more de­tails, visit mcot.or

I’ve been a com­mu­nity artist for … a very long time. I first met lantern mak­ers at the end of a post­grad­u­ate year in fur­ni­ture de­sign in 1998, when the Neil Cameron Pro­duc­tions team were vis­it­ing Ho­bart to put to­gether an event for the tall ships visit. My first project was … Hand­fish Danc­ing, a night-time lantern per­for­mance by stu­dents from Tas­man Dis­trict School at Nubeena. We built four 2.5m-high lantern pup­pets of the en­dan­gered spot­ted hand­fish, then got the com­mu­nity in­volved in cre­at­ing a nar­ra­tive and mu­si­cal sound­scape for the kids so they could tell a story around the dam.

You would know me for … the four-me­tre-high gi­raffes and the life-size ele­phant I made for the Myer Christ­mas Pageant. Also the ceil­ing dec­o­ra­tions at the Taste of Tas­ma­nia. I’ve worked as the com­mu­nity artist of the Ho­bart Christ­mas Pageant each year for the past 17 years. The last book I read was … Girl With a Pearl Ear­ring by Tracy Che­va­lier. My favourite films are … Hid­den Fig­ures and Shine. I re­ally want to … find more projects. Life has taught me … there is no such thing as

nor­mal. I’m about to … light some more lanterns.

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