Sydney-based Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones has illuminated Auckland Toi O Tamak Art Gallery's north atrium with a work featuring more than 80 precisely spaced fluorescent lights.
Jones up scaled a previous artwork for the installation, manipulating fluorescent battens to create dynamic plays of light and shadow.
The arrangement forms cross-hatching and chevron patterns, creating a design that reflects both modern motifs and traditional Aboriginal symbols of country and community.
The final product fills the south wall of the impressive 14.7 metre-high atrium of the Gallery and is visible from the street.
New Zealand based architects, Archimedia and Holmes Consulting Group, who worked on the Gallery’s 2013 restoration and expansion with Australian architecture firm Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, were brought on board to assist the realisation of Jone’s project.
Archimedia's involvement included working to design the installation of a cantilevered ‘floating wall’ to support the criss-crossed lights.
The work was lit up on Sunday 23 March and will be on display until early 2015.
A smaller version of the planned lighting design - Image: Chartwell NZ
The Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki - Image: John Gollings via Architecture Now NZ
Courtesy Auckland Art Gallery