I love the nightlife

art architecture light installation Christchurch New Zealand

LUXcity #1 – with the old Design & Arts College in the background – Christchurch, 2012.

art architecture light installation Christchurch New Zealand

LUXcity #2 – Christchurch, 2012.

art architecture light installation Christchurch New Zealand

LUXcity #3 – Christchurch, 2012.

These photographs were taken at Luxcity, an event that brightened up the skies of central Christchurch last October. The event provided a great opportunity to visit a part of the city that many of us hadn’t seen since the earthquake on February 22nd, 2011 (yes, that was two years ago today). For one night, the city was illuminated by 16 light installations created by architecture and design students from all over New Zealand.

Getting these photos was quite a tricky undertaking. My camera couldn’t really cope with the lighting and even if I had remembered to take my tripod (!), I would have struggled to use it because the streets were so crowded. Besides which, it was more about being there than getting the shot of the century.

One of the main reasons I wanted to go to LUXcity was to see my old design school again. A beautiful Art Deco building in the heart of our munted CBD, it has been badly damaged by the quakes and faces an uncertain future. Design & Arts College has now relocated.

art architecture light installation New Zealand

LUXcity #4 – Christchurch, 2012.

art architecture light installation New Zealand

LUXcity #5 – Christchurch, 2012.

This is me getting a bit arty with some of the shots: capturing the shadow of a bystander in #4 and making a reasonably successful composite of two photos in #5. Thank you, Christchurch, for a brilliant evening.

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