LUX light festival launches in Tawa

LUX light festival launches in Tawa

Hampton Hill School’s playground themed light sculpture will be on display in Tawa Plaza for the remainder of the LUX light festival.

The unveiling of an impressive light sculpture saw the Tawa Plaza shine brightly, marking the beginning of the 2017 LUX Light Festival.

The sculpture, created by a class of year 5 and 6 students at Hampton Hill School, was made out of recyclable materials such as plastic bottles, yogurt containers, tarpaulin and chicken wire. Spray paint and flax flowers were also used to decorate their creation.

Teacher Amy Hardyment said the sculpture was inspired by a playground.

The children brainstormed the best things about playgrounds and brought them together into one ideal playground, she said. Their ideas were given to LUX artist Jess Weichler, who created a final design for the sculpture.

It took six weeks for it to be created, with the children spending three hours a week on the project.

Northern ward councillor Jill Day said the children were pleased with their final product.

“The children are very proud of their efforts and…really enjoyed seeing the structure with the lights glowing at night at the launch.”

She said she was particularly impressed with the way the children had worked with the materials.

Councillor Day believed Wellingtonians had really taken to the LUX festival and said the “city was buzzing”.

“[It] seems to be getting bigger and better every year.”

She was pleased to see schools becoming more involved in the festival and hoped that trend would continue to grow over the next few years.

Hampton Hill’s Kapa Haka group also gave a rousing performance and a free sausage sizzle was offered by the Tawa Community Board to reward the hardy people who turned up to watch the display in poor weather.

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