Nelson's Kayan community will be showing off its culture and weaving skills to tens of thousands of visitors at this year's Light Nelson. 

The installation is one of the forty works of art that are being showcased at the winter light festival.

Light Nelson selection panelist Caroline Marshall said the organising team was looking for installations incorporating all kinds of different aspects such as science, fantasy and new technology.

Calls went out to artists late last year for works to be part of Light Nelson 2016.

"We're really excited at the level of diversity, the wonderful mix of artists working collaboratively and the strong level of community input."

Marshall said the entry from Nelson's Kayan community was a "stand-out example embracing many of these criteria". 

Full Stuff Article - 21 April 2016

New light will be shone on local conservation efforts when a glow-in-the-dark installation is switched on.

Brook Sanctuary and local artists Lori Davis and Larisse Hall are putting out a conservation message during Light Nelson.

The Nelson artists are asking for the help of the community to put together a glow-in-the-dark installation for the upcoming light festival which kicks off in July.

It sees dozens of light inspired works grace the paths of Queens Gardens for a week of winter festivities.

The project is called Nocturnal and is inspired by the Waimarama Brook Sanctuary's conservation efforts to protect native species.

The installation will be made out of cardboard boxes with New Zealand's native species and pests painted on them. 

Davis said they aim to make the installation out of 150 boxes, stacked in 20 rows of seven boxes, like "totem poles" lighted up with UV lights. 

Children can pick up a starter kit for $5 at Office Max, which includes the necessary crafty tools to make the glow-in-the-dark piece of art, including a cardboard box.

Full Stuff Article - 24 May 2016

Creative icons the Lightbulb Men are promoting a series of upcoming winter events to encourage people to visit Nelson during July.

The characters first appeared on stage as part of a World of WearableArt (WOW) show in 1999 and are part of the campaign to showcase what the city has to offer during what is a typically quiet time of the year. 

The popular winter festival, Light Nelson is returning to Queen's Gardens from July 8 to 12 after a two-year break.

It will include 40 installations, including an LED-lit work called Camplight from Nelson's Burmese community and an installation from 2015 arts laureate Daniel Belton. 

Full Stuff Article - 2 May 2016

The upcoming winter light extravaganza, Light Nelson, is still largely a volunteer run gig, which makes it a busy time for many of those involved. But there's one man who undoubtedly has the most hats; Klaasz Breukel. He is on the Light Nelson Trust, tutors at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) where he encourages students to enter, designed this year's Light Nelson artwork, directed the promotional video, is creating the visuals for electronic band NEON and is entering two works himself.

Breukel came to Nelson seven years ago with his partner Floor van Lierop and in 2013 was scooped up by Light Nelson co-founders John-Paul Pochin and Anne Rush.

"They invited me to the first collective meeting because of my background as a VJ (Visual Jockey) in Amsterdam," Breukel says. "I'd created motion graphics and visual animations for electronic music events and festivals."

Breukel enjoys experimenting with new techniques, including his piece Aquatic Expression, filming the facial expressions of visitors and projecting them onto a big round water mist screen.

Full Stuff Article - 9 June 2016

A visit to Queens Gardens in July will reveal three giant moas, each towering over four metres in height, lit within and softly glowing by night. These are the creations of Fleur Stewart, who has spent the last five months designing and constructing the moas in preparation for Light Nelson 2016, which runs over the weekend of July 8 to 12.

Resurrection started with an idea about bringing the moa back to life, then evolved as a fairly intuitive process.

"For me, it's always a process of "I want to make some moas", so I just start," Stewart says. "I know there will always be some engineering issues to sort out but I do that along the way."

Full Stuff Article - 26 May 2016