Artists light up Christchurch's Botanic Gardens

Artists light up Christchurch's Botanic Gardens

Nearly 10,000 people experienced Christchurch's Botanical Gardens' mystical wonderland on Wednesday night, as part of a winter lights spectacle.

The display uses new technologies put together by a range of lighting designers, creative industries students from Ara Institute and local theming/production companies.

"Visitors to the Botanic Gardens will begin their journey at either the museum or the Armagh Street footbridge, follow an illuminated pathway through the gardens under the cover of darkness and become part of a magical, glittering wonderland," Garden and Heritage Parks operations manager Jeremy Hawker says.

"This year the display will feature an installation never seen before in New Zealand by Angus Muir, who was recently exhibiting at the highly acclaimed Vivid Sydney."

The installations include an audio-reactive lighting dance club, laser and smoke over the water, animations and a couple of interactive exhibits where people can touch the face of a sea creature or trigger bubbles in amongst disco party lights.

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