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.
LIGHTING TECHNICIAN GAVIN ROSETTI WITH MICHELLE HALL