There was one project that was not part of the official line up of the Light Nelson event this year; The lighting of the clock tower faces.

We wanted to keep this one quiet until the last minute. A chance to add something special during this year’s event and to encourage others to add a bit of spontaneous colour, light and art to our city.

This project was more than just coloured light though. By making it possible for the colours to be controlled by anybody in Nelson (or, in fact, the World!) we hoped to remind everybody that Council works for the people and that the building belongs to us all.

It was also a project that reminded us that Nelson is special - That we have a Council that would give two artists the opportunity to do something like this. To literally give us the keys to the tower and say ‘go for it’. In this day and age, where else could you do that? A big thank you to Nelson City Council for their trust and providing this opportunity.

Note that all equipment was borrowed and the our time was donated for free. No ratepayers were harmed in the making of this artwork.


IMG 4914 300It was with a touch of sadness that we turned the clock tower lights off and we watched the banner come down from the side of the building. But while it may be two years before we have the big event again, Light Nelson continues and the Light Nelson Collective will carry on bringing people together to share ideas and skills, and you never know, you might see some smaller projects pop up in the mean time... so watch this space :-)

Oh, and if you're thinking of getting involved, why not join the Collective, it's open to everybody.

Art is in the fabric of our city and Light Nelson offers the opportunity for everybody get involved.

Becoming part of the Light Nelson Collective is as simple as signing up for our mailing list and/or our Facebook group.

Community Art Works has evolved into a fitting home of Light Nelson and each Tuesday morning there is the opportunity to catch up there for coffee from 10am. We also hold regular meetups, normally on the first Tuesday of the month, as well as other ad-hock meetups and social events. Why not join us?

Yesterday we had the first ever International Day of Light ( and Light Nelson was part of it!

"The International Day of Light is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. The broad theme of light will allow many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrates how science, technology, art and culture can help achieve the goals of UNESCO – education, equality, and peace."

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As a creative resource, while the main Light Nelson event is obviously still our main focus (did you submit a project for next year?), The Collective has increasingly been involved in a wider range of projects including the Tahunanui Sculpture Walk, The Breath Project and the recent Arcade for example.

We now have a great opportunity to get involved in a project for the top of Trafalgar St. (and perhaps wider afield) for Christmas. The project is being led by Mike Ward, has a significant budget from the council but a very short time frame (must be in place by the 1st December). Initially Mike is looking for people who can help create banners that will be hung in the street and around trees etc., but it sounds like there will be a wide range of opportunities for people get involved, but that will largely depend on what we can bring to the table (including hopefully a light component).

If you can commit some time to this and/or you want to help brainstorm some ideas please come along on Wednesday 18th at Community Art Works from 5:30pm when Mike can explain more about the project.

If we can show that the Collective is a useful, trusted resource that can help on a range of projects then this is likely to open up other opportunities in the future.Note that we also have our usual coffee morning from 10am tomorrow (Tuesday) at Community Art Works if you'd like to catch up then.