Being an unemployed recent graduate and a bit of a Lomography addict, I like attending free events. And I like photographing those free events.
The Art in the Dark exhibition at Western Park in Freemans Bay was the perfect opportunity. The eight-hectare park is located within walking distance from the centre of Auckland City and is situated right near Ponsonby Road and Karangahape Road, both which have a bustling nightlife.
Art in the Dark featured 32 works of art, many of which were interactive. These included a bicycle covered in lights, a giant gaming console, a flying Icarus with glowing wings, and one of my favourites, a piece that allows you to experience music visually by passing sound through a liquid medium. The exhibition was open from 8pm to midnight over two days.
You can visit their website for more information and some more pictures from the event.
Some Western Park History:
In the early 19th century, eels could be caught in the Tuna Mau Stream that used to flow through the park. Once the park was established, it had a very narrow entrance from Ponsonby Road. In 1873, the council put forward a sum of ten guineas as a prize for the best design that would improve the park. The winning design was entitled “Lily of the Valley”, and by 1874, over 1000 new trees had been planted in the park. Since then, several sculptures have been added to the entrance of the park, as well as some park furniture.