Art stu­dents light up LUX with blue LEDs and glass

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

With just six weeks left un­til the end of univer­sity, de­sign stu­dent Jessica Cooper took on the chal­lenge to cre­ate a light dis­play for Wellington’s LUX Fes­ti­val.

‘‘I haven’t had time to stop,’’ the fourth year Massey Univer­sity stu­dent said.

‘‘It’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence to be in­volved in.’’

The Tawa res­i­dent said it was the first time stu­dents were in­vited to com­pete for a spot at the fes­ti­val.

Her group’s work was cho­sen as one of the six stu­dent works.

‘‘ Be­ing in our fi­nal year we jumped at the chance to do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent. Work­ing with dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als, ex­per­i­ment­ing with a more hand­son ap­proach and, most of all, step­ping away from the com­puter is some­thing that de­sign­ers don’t al­ways get the op­por­tu­nity to do.

The ex­po­sure came at the per­fect time be­cause Cooper has started the hunt for a job.

‘‘It’s get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ she said.

The op­por­tu­nity was a chal­lenge be­cause none of her group had elec­tri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘I’ve al­ways liked lights, but never worked with them. We knew noth­ing about wiring and stuff so it was a huge learn­ing curve.’’

She said the dis­play had had a few tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties on the first few nights of the fes­ti­val, but it had been popular and she had en­joyed watch­ing peo­ple’s re­ac­tions.

‘‘It gives you this real good feel­ing,’’ she said.

The group’s dis­play, 2745, was made up of as many trans­par­ent glass bot­tles, 18 vary­ing lev­els of wa­ter, a cage-style dump­ster and 3000 blue LEDs.

‘‘The wa­ter lev­els from full at the top and grad­u­ally get lower as they reach the bot­tom, re­flect­ing the process of re­cy­cling. Bot­tles like th­ese are thrown [out] on a daily ba­sis, but can ac­tu­ally be re­ally beau­ti­ful when il­lu­mi­nated,’’ Cooper said.

Started in Wellington in 2011, LUX is a free noc­tur­nal fes­ti­val in­cor­po­rat­ing light, art, tech­nol­ogy and de­sign with works from top lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mul­ti­me­dia artists. This year’s event, held for nine days un­til Au­gust 31, was the big­gest yet, with a record 32 works on dis­play.

Feel­ing blue: The project used 2745 trans­par­ent glass bot­tles.

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