Thousands of people will enjoy multimedia works and illuminated installations by Ara Institute of Canterbury's Creative Industries students, graduates and staff this week when the Botanic Gardens lights up in a magical winter wonderland for Botanic D'Light from 3 – 5 August.
Lost Vegas is the theme as teams interpret the bright lights and big promises of the Las Vegas Strip through recognisable symbols, people and concepts associated with the famous American desert casino town.
Elvis makes a comeback, a eucalyptus tree becomes a projection canvas and a secret door becomes a window on an actual Las Vegas scenes during the event.
Ever since event organisers Christchurch City Council invited Ara to be a main creative partner, teams have been working on 13 illuminated artworks that push the boundaries of multimedia creative work.
Students from the Bachelor of Design have been working on this real world project alongside their tutors, gaining invaluable professional and technical experience while immersing themselves in creative potential.
Staff from Art & Design include Mark McEntyre: Course leader, Applied Visual Arts, Senior Lecturer in design, Katharina Jaeger: Lecturer, 3D studies in Applied Visual Arts specialisation, Tim Budgen: Lecturer in 3D Modelling, animation and film in Motion Design specialisation, and John Maillard: Course leader of Photography, Senior lecturer in photography, interactive and web design in Motion Design specialisation.
They are joined by Isaac Spedding from the New Zealand Broadcasting School at Ara and Bachelor of Design graduate Holly Ross with assistance from technicians, trades staff and industry partners Fab Lab, Light site, Spectrum Lighting and ETS.
Ara supports Christchurch community projects and opportunities for staff to collaborate and explore research opportunities. Student experience is a key component of all Ara programmes because it provides the practical experience students need to transition easily to employment in their industry.