Take a walk thru LUMA 2015, 2016 and 2017
2017 Art Walk - Interference
3000mm x 300mm
Cast concrete case and 16mm steel bars
The optical effect, which occurs when moving past the sculpture, is known as moiré patterning. It reminds us to notice the subtle and beautiful wave patterns often visible in our skies, forests and waterways.
The profile of the rows of bars represents the tilted strata and dramatic landscapes of the Southern Alps.
By partially screening the lake view the work generates tension between art and nature.
Is this interference acceptable?
2017 Art Walk - Tailing
1800mm x 1400mm x 700mm
316 Stainless Steel
Central Otago contours eroded by the elements & the effect of the Goldrush, sluicing, tailings and canvas towns.
2017 Art Walk - It's Bigger Than Me
3800m x 1900mm x 1300mm
5mm Corten Steel and Acrylic
I was in Queenstown when I was invited to submit a design for the Luma festival. My accommodation had stunning views of the Remarkables,.....and these got me thinking.
2017 Art Walk - Earth Mother,Sky Father and the Messenger
4100mm x 540mm x 540mm
Here I am thinking about ‘being’. Reflecting on the foundations of existence, the connection between ‘Earth’ and ‘Heaven’ and the cycle of life: Birth, Living and the passing of life. In Maori myth the fantail is said to be a messenger of death from the gods to the people. Here I use it to remind us to be the best we can, pursue dreams, find joy and to discover inner peace.
2017 Art Walk - Synthesis
2000m x 2000mm x 2000mm
The elements here – two intertwined circles making a whole, refer to the cyclical operating principles of natural systems and their interconnectedness – nothing is separate in nature.
When developing an idea for a permanent sculpture like this I use the same systems thinking that I apply when making ephemeral land art sculptures. I try to distill the elements down to their simplest forms and get to the essence of the idea by paring away everything that does not contribute to its reading or its form.
2017 Art Walk - In The Balance
900mm x 300mm x 300mm
The relationship between human systems and Earth’s natural systems is in the balance.
Restoration of that balance has been the subject of my art practice since 1992 by investigating nature’s cyclical operating principles as the basis for the design of regenerative human systems.
I make both ephemeral sculptures in natural landscapes from natures materials and also permanent sculptures using manmade recyclable materials and technology. Martin Hill Artist Statement
In my art practice I make both permanent sculptures from recyclable materials and - in collaboration with Philippa Jones - ephemeral land art sculptures from natural materials found in the landscape which return to the earth once I have photographed them.
My work is concerned with the relationship between human systems and natural systems and investigates nature’s cyclical operating principles for application in the design of regenerative human systems.
2017 Art Walk - Bud #3
Glass and stainless steel
Central Otago contours eroded by the elements & the effect of the Goldrush, sluicing, tailing and canvas towns.
2017 Art Walk - White Noise
2000mm x 200mm
Acrylic with LED lighting
White Noise is a contemporary sculpture that alters the environment for the viewer. It generates texture, shadows, reflections and hues of light found in the surrounding environment. It is a juxtaposition of reality capturing the essence of nature freezing them in time.
2017 Art Walk - Mothers Best
3000mm x 1800mm
Galvanised steel, cut crystal & glass plates Height
A while ago somebody dropped off a carton of these dishes and plates to my workshop. They come from a deceased estate and suggested I could melt them down into something!!!! They evoked memories of our mothers treasuring them and how they only appeared when special visitors arrived for afternoon tea. The rest of their days spent languishing in a locked china cabinet. Glass needs light to make it sparkle & sing and you have to admit they look better with sunlight on them than biscuits! These gates are dedicated to each and everyone's mother and our memory of them to continually shine on
2017 Art Walk - Arachnophobia
2200mm x 2000mm x 950mm
Recovered rebar, galvanised steel, macrocarpa
Take another look next time you are about to squish that eight-legged fright you just found in the bathroom. It may not be a spider at all.
Harvestmen are small, graceful and genuinely harmless. They have no bite, no venom and no web. Really! What is there to be afraid of?
As Kiwi as corrugated iron, harvestmen deserve a home here too. So let's give 'em a break eh!
2017 Art Walk - Wind
1700mm x 850mm x 690mm
3mm 316 Stainless Steel
This sculpture was inspired by the wind and how it transforms nature into streamlined flowing shapes, for instance, moving sandhills, shaping rocks and living things such as trees. The simple cylinder form was chosen and stainless steel to convey a sleek, wind polished effect.
The two windswept offset elements grow out of the ground while yielding to the ever present wind. Nature has evolved with wind, but humans are still learning to appreciate and harness wind.
2017 Art Walk - Spiral No. 20
2950mm x 800mm x 800mm
My three dimensional abstract "SPIRAL series" is inspired by natural forms. The sculptures vary in scale, shape and materials, but they all have a base and a main "stem", like roots and stem of a tree. Unfinished metal circles are climbing up the stem, apparently combined random and easy , but with strong connections. Viewers are encouraged to move around the work and encounter it from multiple perspectives.
2017 Art Walk - A Range
1500mm x 1500mm
The sphere is unity, the triangle shapes form mountain ranges coated in snow, pure awe and wonder in these spaces, a raw energy that draws people from around the world.
LUMA is a chance to highlight our connections and oneness.
2017 - BURROW
Angus Muir Design
Burrow is the entrance tunnel to Queenstown Gardens. Made up of twenty five curved aluminium light hoops leading the way and providing shelter from the darkness.
Horne Creek provides a threshold into an illuminated world of art and sculpture.
Cross the bridge and explore our magical garden.
Inspired by Angus Muir Design's light installation in Wellington Cable Car Tunnel (Image shown)
Burrow is presented by Remarkables Park Town Centre
2017 - ASTRAL FERN
Projection mapping onto Paul Dibble’s cast bronze ‘Fern’.
Astral Fern is returning to LUMA 2017. The iconic Queenstown sculpture will be lit up and transformed with magical light-mapped projection taking viewers on a visual and aural journey.
Astral Fern is presented by Accor Hotels
2017 - TREE OF LIGHT
Angus Muir Design
Tree of Light is a bespoke installation using 300 digital coconuts, each one individually addressable, working together to bring new life to a long time resident of the Gardens.
These guardians of our inherited landscape span the generations and have provided a sense of permanence in our radically changing community. Their presence encourages us to consider our responsibility to conserve and protect our natural surroundings.
The growth and development of LUMA has been made possible through a valued partnership with Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Tree of Light is presented by Queenstown Lakes District Council
2017 - TIME TRAVELER
Mapping Monday, SILO and Friends of the Gardens
Time Traveler is a collaborative piece celebrating 150 years of the Queenstown Gardens.
Six projection screens will wrap around the iconic band rotunda displaying a choreographed sequence of short looping video, still and timelapse photography, text and animations depicting it's historic beginnings, the tales and larger then life characters and importance of this space in the development of Queenstown.
Time Traveler is presented by Friends of the Wakatipu Gardens and Lakes District Museum & Art Gallery
2017 - OUR PATCH
Queenstown Primary Pupils and SILO
Our Patch is a magnificent and magical garden created by 150 students from Remarkables and Queenstown Primary Schools in conjunction with SILO (South Island Light Orchestra) and WHS technology teacher Rebecca Lund. After drawing inspiration via classes on the natural world, students were then let loose to design, and create their own individual flower designs, using tracing paper, glue, and acetate. We hope you gain a little personal inspiration from the work and enjoy viewing it as much as we did creating it for LUMA 2017.
Out Patch is presented by Community Trust of Southland
2017 - SKIPPING STONE
We experience a childish delight when we get a stone to skip three, four, maybe five times across the water. We secretly hope that someone else witnessed it. It is a special pleasure, similar to that of seeing a shooting star, or catching out of the corner of one’s eye, a single autumn leaf waltzing to the ground. Skipping Stone plays with the idea of capturing an instant in time, freezing and making permanent what is ephemeral. In this case, an unseen thrower has cast a perfect shiny pebble across the surface of the lake, leaving a silvery trail of concentric ripples.
Illumination by Simon Holden
Skipping Stone is illuminated by EL wire, and controlled by an Arduino 7 relays for each of the hops.
Skipping Stone is presented by Nomads Queenstown
2017 - A STONE'S THROW
Over the pond in the centre of the Queenstown Gardens lies a small picturesque stone arch bridge. Using the bridge as a backdrop, Mapping Monday has created a textural experience that will be bought to life through projection.
A Stone's Throw is presented by Mt Difficulty
2017 - MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT
Angus Muir Design
Towering to a height of 4 meters, Mountain of Light is a monolithic installation, brought to life by a dramatic repertoire of lighting effects that begin with subtle changes in colour and culminate in a simulated eruption of shooting flames and molten lava.
The installation is constructed from a series of modular extruded columns that are assembled into the abstract shape of a volcanic mountain. The mountain is designed to be viewed and approached from all sides, offering a full 360-degree experience.
Each column is packed with computerised graphics that can be controlled by visitors to create effects of superb accuracy and realism. The entire mountain is controllable, so participants can direct colour patterns to run from one side, across, around, down and up the mountain. Surround sound installed within the structure adds drama to the atmosphere.
Mountain of Light is presented by Staysouth Queenstown
2017 - BEACON
Beacon is an interactive light installation which is about to be exhibited at Wellington LUX and will be re-invented site-specific to LUMA17.
“Through hand gestures alone you are given control to find the most pleasing colour harmonies according to you”. Tom Lynch, Tom Tom Productions.
Beacon is presented by Queenstown Airport
2017 - LUMANITE GROTTO
Wakatipu High School Pupils and SILO
Enter a world of the Luminates. These creative abstract ceramics and papermache figures are the creation of local technology students from Wakatipu High School.
Lumanite Grotto is presented by Creative Queenstown
2017 - SWEEP
AJDC (Alexandra Heaney and Julia Heaney)
Created for Vivid Sydney 2016, Sweep slowly moves with the breeze. When viewed from a distance this work provides the illusion of suspended light rods bobbing softly and gracefully from side to side, like a school of fish in a deep current; however, when viewed up close the effect is very different. The installation comprises of a hundred acrylic tubes, standing four meters tall.
Sweep is presented by Mainfreight
2017 - OUTDOOR CINEMA
Animations and Shorts
Kiwi Movie Night
Film Society Features
Music Sessions and Soundtracks
The Outdoor Cinema is presented by GDI
2017 - EXTRUDE
Angus Muir Design
Extrude is an extremely tall and imposing lighting installation designed to be viewed both at a distance and up close. From far away, the 16 translucent posts – each standing 10 metres high – form a tower with a commanding presence that acts as a beacon for the area.
Up close and inside the installation, the effect is more intimidating: the artist has deliberately made it look slightly precarious and its sheer scale and height makes all around it appear less significant. This work is designed to make people question the way it comes together: “It looks slightly precarious – is it safe?” or “How is that small base supporting those tall towers?” Each post is illuminated on all sides and constructed from fibre-reinforced plastic. They respond gently to the wind, sweeping from side to side but never touching.
Extrude is presented by Destination Queenstown
2017 - UV ALLEY
Shipleys Audio Visual
Shipleys will be experimenting with light along this connecting corridor, come and check out some interactive light science!
UV Alley is presented by Shipleys Audio Visual
2017 - Ladder of Life
Simon Holden (SILO)
Ladder of Life is an 9m high double helix sculpture made of aluminum, acrylic and thousands of controlled light pixel fully mapped and interactive. The inspiration for this sculpture has come from the helical structure of DNA, "the ladder of life". The piece explores visually the flow information and vast complexity together with the simplicity of it's design.
Sound Design by Peak Recordings Peak Recordings Ladder of Life is presented by Accessman
2017 - FORMS
Nikki Wilson + Creature
This work is a reflection on how object and landscape add up to a collective visual record. An examination of how the sometimes gentle, sometimes rough moments when these two meet, affect our experience of place. In this installation we refer to the concept of Mauri, which is a belief in the flow of Mana from object or material to person. Through observing and interacting with a fictitious assembly of materials, structure, nature and bodily form, we consider our sensual and visceral experience of this place - on the edge of the world, and the Mana of our identity.
Sound design by Previn Nidu
Music 'Magma’ by 'Arli' from the album Allegra by Marigold Music
Nikki and Creature would like to thank the organisers of Luma, The Mapping Mondays and Holly & Josh Wallace for their assistance in bringing this piece to life.
Forms is presented by SKYCITY Queenstown Casino
2017 - TRANSPARENCE
Dear Deer is the collective musical and artistic mustering of Joe Cowie and Scott Kennedy. Melding pseudo-psychodelic ambient musings into a post-rock wall of sound. Dripping with effects laden riffs, melody driven drum beats and improvisational surprises. Quiet, loud, unpredictable, anthemic, cathartic, pointless, poignant. Paired with bespoke video, light and visual immersion Dear Deer crafts an all encompassing emotive artistic experience.
For 2017 Dear Deer has created an entirely new experience - ‘Transparence’. A cube that is at once reflective, transparent, a cage and a portal to a different time a different place. Within the cube - music, performance, light, live, life…
Transparence is presented by Certified Scaffolding with support from Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme
2017 - WISE ROOTS
Mapping Monday have created a special projection piece which personifies the 5 tall trees adjacent to the LUMA Village.
Wise Roots is presented by Mount Edward Wines
2017 - LUMA LOUNGE
The World Bar, SILO and TomTom Productions
The rose garden will be transformed into a playful environment with hospitality, live DJ's and VJ's throughout the long weekend. Come and enjoy some delicious food, refreshing beverages, get warm and have a boogie.
The LUMA Lounge is presented by The World Bar
2017 - MIRROR MIRROR
A mirror ball in a forest
Where it belongs
No need for loud beats
Or fiendish rhythms
Just a rake of bright
Brushing your cheek
Then the limb
And the bark
Bigger than the bite
From teeth of light
Mirror Mirror is presented by George FM
2017 - EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE
Daniel K. Brown and Mark K. Johnson
In Edge of the Universe, letters of the alphabet cascade like a waterfall between two trees in Queenstown Park. As the falling letters gain in intensity and momentum, they spell out selected lines from six poems by New Zealand writers, before disappearing into a shallow reflecting pool below. As the letters hit the water, they create a reflected cacophony of illumination. The first letter to fall is a capital N; as it slowly rotates it becomes a Z, then N and Z once more - New Zealand - before fading away at the bottom. The work begins and ends with: “I live at the edge of the universe like everybody else”, from a poem by Bill Manhire. The music is derived from the structural characteristics of the six poems, and the six movements of the soundscape represent the atmospheres they evoke.
Texts are taken from poems by NZ authors: Bill Manhire, Patricia Grace, Lauris Edmond, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Marilyn Duckworth, and Patrick Lawlor.
Mark K Johnson
Edge of the Universe is presented by Fluid Queenstown
2017 - EMPATHEIA
Step outside your comfort zone, or perhaps step into it and interact with empatheia. Please keep in mind at all times that it's not just about you, there are others to consider, always. And remember, if you want to find the secrets of empatheia, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
Empatheia is presented by TomTom Productions
2017 - INTO THE UNDERSCORE
Into the Underscore was designed by Anita Dykes from ECC using iGuzzini Underscore in/out product. Working in collaboration with Michael Warwick from Maw Design, Mike Ainsworth and Dorian Minty with support from Ullrich Aluminium and The Tag Agency. A series of concentric circles dropping into space drawing the viewer into the Underscore. This lighting sculpture can be viewed from a distance but will inspire a closer look. Once inside the zone of the Underscore you will be pulled upward, possibly to another dimension as the sculpture reacts to your presence.
Soundscape by Paul Marlow aka Mr Oz
And technical support by Carl Dickson
Into The Underscore is presented by ECC
2017 - Fairies
We welcome back Flame Entertainment this year to bring their amazing characters to the Queenstown Gardens.
FLAME Entertainment is a performance art company based in Queenstown for over 15 years. They specialize in creating visual spectacles thru various circus, dance, fire performance and theatrical acts to entertain, inspire and connect.
Flame Entertainment is brought to LUMA in part by Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme
2016 - LUMA Entrance
Angus Muir Design
5 triangular arches 4.5m high frame.
Each arch consisting of 120 RGB pixels, or digitally controllable lights with custom sequences changing colour, pattern and pulse.
2016 - Astral Fern
A window into another dimension through the leaves of a fern brought to life with light.
Projection mapping project of Paul Dibble’s cast bronze ‘Fern’.
2016 - Honeycomb
SILO, Simon Holden and Angus Muir Design.
Queenstown and Auckland
SILO and Angus Muir collaborated on this bespoke piece developed specifically for LUMA 2016.
The piece was designed with the hexagonal shape of the rotunda in mind. The sculpture is made up of 168 LED globes suspended in a dome shape, each light is individually addressed allowing the entire shape to be mapped with light, from waves, shapes, of any colour and intensity. Control of the lights comes from a custom lighting patch and a light plinth which sits outside the rotunda. The plinth itself is also fully interactive and forms an integral part of the installation.
2016 Art walk - Canoe
Mixed media with blown and cut glass
3000mm x 500mm x 750mm
2016 Art Walk - Ringatu
Steel with automotive paint
2400mm x 1600mm x 1200mm
2016 Art walk - Reflective Lullaby - William
316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel
2000mm x 750mm x 750m
2016 - Fleur
Projection mapping project of Liz Hall’s Oamaru stone sculpture titled Fleur. A play on the representation of the physical sculpture through the art of video projection. A glitch in the elements using a digital interpretation of water.
2016 - Digitubes
Angus Muir Design
The large 9m long tubes are packed with 120 RGB high power pixels and programmed lighting effects connect the two tubes. Designed to celebrate and illuminate the spaces they inhabit.
2016 - The Ghost House
Digital takeover of this historic glass house using the classic “peppers ghost” technique.
2016 - LUMA Lounge
The LUMA Lounge was a music and hospitality area nestled under a canopy of ever changing light, projection, and illumination and DJ's.
2016 - Pulse
Daniel K. Brown & Mark K. Johnson
PULSE refers to the Pulse of Nature (environmental dynamics), the Pulse of Life (blood flowing through our veins), and the Pulse of Time (eternity). The Pulse connects all cultures around the world. It connects us to our natural environment. It is universal to us all.
2016 - Cõnsequentia
60 ground based PAR64 uplights, each individually addressed allowing the installation to be mapped to hand movements, giving the user control to create waves of different intensity all whilst creating their own soundtrack.
2016 - Field
Angus Muir Design and AJ Design Co.
Comprising 21 mirror posts, 2.4m tall, set out over a 25 square metre space. The design aimed to showcase and celebrate its location. By day the intense grid of mirrors celebrates its environment, creating an analogue interaction with the viewer. By night the posts illuminate, enhancing the installation’s placement on the waterfront.
2016 - Array
Angus Muir Design and AJ Design Co.
Array is an interactive sculpture that explores the relationship between the mass and the void, intertwining this with audience interactivity. Commissioned for Vivid Sydney 2014 – this was the first time it had been exhibited in the South island.
2016 - Drift
Drift is a permanent install and features a collection of LED lit orbs of varying diameters suspended overhead, creating an inviting trail of light and colourful ambiance for those passing through, visiting the shops, or dining within the Steamer Wharf atrium.
2015 - Field
Angus Muir Design and AJ Design Co.
The design comprises of 28 mirror posts, 2.4m tall, set out over a 25 square meter space. The design aims to showcase Queenstown’s unique setting, allowing the natural surroundings to merge with the geometric grid of mirrored pillars.
By day the intense grid of mirrors celebrates its environment, creating an analogue interaction with the public. By night a series of the posts will illuminate extending the installation’s activation of the Queenstown waterfront into the evening in a unique manner.
2015 - Digital Wattle
Angus Muir Design and AJ Design Co.
Digital Wattle is a dynamic reactive light sculpture. In its pure aesthetic appearance, Digital Wattle is a contemporary deconstruction of Australia’s iconic Wattle flower. Three hundred glowing orbs of coloured light sit upon sleek fibreglass extrusions, which disappear into a custom-cut polished steel base.
A myriad of colour explodes from the glowing orbs, forming connections between participants, highlighting individuality whilst simultaneously conjuring cooperation. The Wattle structure disappears into the night, leaving participants to exchange purely with this floating cloud of luminescence, pulsating and glowing to their movement and communication.
2015 - Shroud
Angus Muir Design
A large canopy of light is stretched across the Queenstown waterfront. From the edge of marine parade the canopy will appear as one line of light - as the audience make their way down the path their view of the canopy will change from a very linear installation to one that encompasses a large area.
From the beach Shroud will appear as an ever changing canopy of light inviting people up the hill to the top. The 127sq m canopy will incorporate over one thousand individually controlled colour changing light sources.
2015 - Ordered Chaos
AJ Design Co.
Ordered Chaos explores the relationship between ordered and spontaneous design through the application of different lighting treatments.
By day the latticed structure appears as a clean geometrical form, calming to the eye and repetitive in design; at night it is transformed as LED tubes deliver changing colours and animations. The perfection of symmetrical form is quickly obscured through vibrant lighting.