A gigantic digital art space has been commissioned by Ports of Auckland to wrap around their new car parking facility. Lightship is a 110-metre-long, 13-metre-high light wall that wraps around the western façade of the port’s new car handling building. It is made up of seven panels with nearly 8,500 individually programmable LED lights and is visible from busy Quay Street, city wharves, local buildings and the water.
Avondale local Simon Willis worked on the creation of the wall. Avondale is a creative powerhouse, so it is also appropriate that an Avondale local is the first artist featured on the wall. The Lightship’s inaugural commission is a new artwork by Janet Lilo entitled ISLOVE. Janet first created this after the March 15 attack and put it on the fence of the mosque on Blockhouse Bay Road. ISLOVE is a wordplay on ISLAM. Janet described the work as her highlight of 2019.
Janet Lilo says: “Created for a future defined by the current global pandemic, BLM, social and political upheavals, and great loss, ISLOVE refocuses Auckland’s harbour as a place of connection and light.”
Janet is deeply involved in the local community. She is a trustee of Whau the People Charitable Trust and is an organiser of The Whau Arts Festival. Janet is also involved in running the All Goods Gallery / art space.
“The Lightship is our present to Auckland,” says Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson, “and a thank you to Auckland’s artists for enriching our lives. It is designed to support artists and creative thinkers to produce ambitious new commissions and gives them a highly visible platform on which to display their work.”