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Lux Festival

posted 16 May 2017, 17:02 by OC Web   [ updated 16 May 2017, 20:42 ]
At the beginning of Term One Ōtaki College was approached by the Lux Festival of Lights organisers to have one of our classes involved in making a sculpture. Only ten schools were asked in the Wellington area.  In the words of the organisers "in this project, technology and art merge, ushering the kids into the future".

During Term One, Jess Weichler, a media arts educator from “Media Box” came up from Wellington each week to work with the students. Under the guidance of their teacher, Mrs Deborah Hadlum, students then followed up on what had been started in class.
The skills involved included coding electrical circuits to get light colours, construction and using recycled materials.
Students used the theme of family for the artwork. They created an entrance to a home, made from wire netting and decorated with recycled plastic, bottles, and symbols that represented themselves, family and their culture. At the base of the entrance is a welcome mat. This has a frame made from recycled material to represent grass and in the middle is a flax mat. Words in Māori and English are written on bottle tops and express family and values that are important.

The College would like to thank the staff from the Council for setting up the installation in the Ōtaki Memorial Hall foyer and for organising an excellent opening evening on Thursday 11th May.  We also thank Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki for their support.  Click here to see photos of the project in its development phase.  Click here to read the article on stuff by Adam Poulopoulis which provides further detail on the background and construction of the installation.