Get into in­ter­ac­tive origami

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

They say many hands make light work.

Serene Lorimer is hop­ing peo­ple will join the fold and help cre­ate an origami in­stal­la­tion at the free light fes­ti­val Art in the Dark.

More than 40 art works will be light­ing up Pon­sonby’s Western Park over three nights from to­mor­row.

The cen­tral Auck­land artist will be restag­ing her work F.O.L.D .re­peat after its pre­sen­ta­tion in Welling­ton in Fe­bru­ary.

The piece acts as a work­ing metaphor of the old say­ing: ‘‘many hands make light work’’, Ms Lorimer says.

‘‘It came from the idea of cre­at­ing com­mu­nity and hav­ing an au­di­ence feel they are a part of the art in­stead of be­ing put off by it.

‘‘It’s all about peo­ple cre­at­ing the in­stal­la­tion them­selves and see­ing it take shape over the three nights.’’

Thou­sands of fly­ers con­tain­ing in­struc­tions on how to fold a piece of origami can be found in cafes around Pon­sonby from tonight and at Western Park dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

The mod­u­lar origami will need two pieces to cre­ate one shape and as soon as it takes form peo­ple can hang it on a gar­den arch.

This is the fourth year the an­nual fes­ti­val has il­lu­mi­nated the Pon­sonby park.

It chal­lenges artists to cre­ate projects that not only work with their out­door ur­ban sur­round­ings but also il­lu­mi­nate the park us­ing sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als and en­ergy wher­ever pos­si­ble.

Plas­tic bags as lu­mi­nous lilies and a work pow­ered en­tirely by vin­tage rac­ing bi­cy­cles are among the other pieces round­ing out this year’s line up.

Art in the Dark runs from to­mor­row un­til Satur­day from 8pm till mid­night at Western Park.


Light work: Artist Serene Lorimer is ask­ing peo­ple to cre­ate origami for her Art in the Dark in­stal­la­tion.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to watch a video of last year’s fes­ti­val.

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