One of the key aims of Light Nelson was to bring people together; Light Nelson is for the community, by the community.
Everybody in our community.
This project, "Stand Together", was created by a member of the Light Nelson Collective. It "symbolises our defiance in the face of racism and support in particular for our Muslim community but also for anybody who lives in fear because of the colour of their skin, their religion or their culture."
In March this project ran each night on the Nelson City clock tower in the wake of the killings in Christurch and in the lead up to Race Unity Day
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.
It 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.
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?