The Light Nelson Event has unfortunatly been postponed until 2021 due to the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The event has also been rename 'Te Ramaroa'. More information can be found on the event website.
Jamie first became involved in Light Nelson when he was just 11, helping Lori with the 'I'm going Bat's' project. Two years later Jamie became the youngest Light Nelson artist when he created a paddle boat for the 2016 event. Shortly after, Jamie wrote the programming sequence and helped assemble Anthony Genet's St Elmos fire sculpture exhibited at Lux in Wellington. Jamie has continued to work with Anthony over the years, helping to create the control circuits for the 'Cathy Wheel' neon artwork for the 2018 event, and then more recently the "Guiding Star" artwork that adorned the cathedral at Christmas. Under Anthony's guidance, and with help from the wider Collective, Jamie, now 17, has continued to develop and learn new skills, now working with glass for his project for the 2020 event.
"I just gave Jamie the tools to work with and as the capable young man that he is he took the opportunity and made the most of it." Anthony said.
For Christmas you can now play Jingle Bells on the clock tower (or anything else you like). Merry Christmas everybody. (once it's dark dark the clock faces will change to the colour of the corresponding notes of your composition)
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Many people braved the cold and the rain to see the first showing of Piki Mai last night, but it wasn't the weather that sent shivers down our backs. Seeing Piki Mai again was a reminder of how impressive the original artwork was but it was also a reminder of the power of art to convey a message.
The newly incorporated images from the School Strike 4 Climate and Extinction Rebellion overlaid with Greta Thunberg's speech to the UN sent a powerful message that highlighted the most important issue of our time.