Light installation returns to Tauranga waterfront

 Summer light installation

The Shapes of Summer exhibition is once again set to light up Tauranga waterfront again, after taking the limelight last year.

This year, renowned light artist Angus Muir has curated a fresh collection of light sculptures and installations, while drawing inspiration from the unique colours, shapes and sounds of Tauranga Moana. 

Last year’s exhibition was enjoyed by thousands of people visiting the city centre, says Tauranga City Council city development and partnerships general manager Gareth Wallis.

“It was heartwarming to see so many people relaxing, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying Tauranga waterfront, and we hope this year’s exhibition will bring our community together in the same way.”

The series of installations run the length of The Strand Reserve, from Wharf Street to Dive Crescent, encouraging locals and visitors to explore the area.

This year’s works include: Tree Neons, a stunning new decorative element in eight different colours that can go into trees and other structures; ARC, a captivating installation that invites guests to journey through an entrancing tunnel of light; and Deep Thought HYBY COZO, a series of large scale installations and artworks that investigate geometry through light, shadow and perception.

“The city centre waterfront is the perfect location for the works, curated specifically for Tauranga by Angus Muir and his talented team of designers, whose sculptures and installations have been seen at some of the best light festivals and events around the world,” says Gareth.

The exhibition is part of Council’s ‘Summer in our city centre’ initiative, which brings a range of fun and exciting free activities for everyone to enjoy, he says.

Shapes of Summer is free and open to everyone, from dusk until late, every night from December 20, 2023, until January 29, 2024.

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