Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Arts -

The cu­ra­tor of an ex­hi­bi­tion which will light up Townsville’s streets and his­toric city build­ings is mak­ing the fi­nal prepa­ra­tions.

She stopped to talk about the ex­cite­ment in both art and pub­lic cir­cles for the LuxLu­min streetscape art project, which is part of this year’s T150 cel­e­bra­tions.

Michelle Hall said LuxLu­min would trans­form the CBD into an out­door gallery with 21 streets and build­ings be­ing bathed in light, colour and mov­ing im­ages.

Hall brought the first ex­hi­bi­tion of this kind to the city last year af­ter visit­ing a sim­i­lar pro­jected light art show in Mel­bourne a few years ago.

She said it had taken on a life of its own and this year would in­clude live theatre and cir­cus per­for­mances, in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions, DJs on Vic­to­ria Bridge and fringe events.

“The aim is to build pub­lic value for the arts and the amaz­ing things art can do to light up the place,” she said.

“The city is of­ten a place fam­i­lies will avoid at night but we want to en­cour­age them to come, lots of fam­i­lies spent more time in the city at night while it was on last year.

“We want to cre­ate that ex­cit­ing time in the city. It gives lo­cal artists a chance to show their cre­ative tal­ents.

“We hope it con­nects peo­ple bet­ter to their en­vi­ron­ment and we will have other more fun things that you can touch and feel this year.

“The Per­fume Gar­dens will be trans­formed into a gar­den of light and sound where chil­dren can play in the glow of huge cubes.

“The Townsville Chi­nese Club will have their Lion dancers per­form­ing and the trees will be filled with their beau­ti­ful red lanterns, and there will be live mu­sic there.

“We aim to at­tract at least 25,000 peo­ple into the city over the three nights to ex­plore our streets and build­ings.”

Hall said this year with T150 cel­e­bra­tion the light dis­plays would ex­plore the his­tory of the build­ings in the city.

For ex­am­ple, the Speck­led Hen used to be a bank so the pro­jec­tions on it will all be to do with a bank and La Luna Youth Arts will do a fiveminute play at the bank site which will in­clude a bank rob­bery.

She said the YWAM build­ing, which used to be the in­ner city Tafe and Town High cam­pus, would also have a play about kids at school with pro­jec­tions of old im­ages of kids at school. The Dance North build­ing was an­other site for the il­lu­mi­nated light show as well as the Con­nelly Suthers build­ing.

“Most peo­ple don’t know this but on top of the Con­nelly Suthers build­ing, which used to be the AMP build­ing, are pur­ple stat­ues, and the stu­dents are go­ing to re-en­act those stat­ues like frozen peo­ple.”

“There is a range of very tal­ented Townsville artists who are in­volved in this project, one of those is sound and light­ing tech­ni­cian Gavin Rosetti, who has made these re­ally large cubes which have coloured lights in­side them that are op­er­ated via Wi-Fi by iPads and kids will be able to change the lights.


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