The group, who have been guardians of the gardens for decades, have partnered with LUMA to create a time-travelling light show projected upon the iconic band rotunda. The special art installation will feature historical photos, stories and video footage from the archives of the Lakes District Museum, as well as private contributors.
Jay Castells, Chairman of Friends of the Gardens, says they’re very excited to be showcasing the gardens’ history at the festival. “It’s a great project that will help culturally enrich the town and raise an appreciation of the gardens.” Castells says, “Queenstown Gardens have a fascinating and important story which should be shared.”
“We’d love for anyone who has photos or stories of the gardens to get in touch, as we’re putting together a historical archive in conjunction with the Lakes District Museum.”
The piece, with some never-seen-before footage, is supported by the council, the Queenstown creative market trust and CLASS CLT, with some funding from private patrons.
As well as this stunning art installation in the rotunda, the local schools have also got involved in commemorating the gardens. Nearly 150 students from Wakatipu High School, Queenstown and Remarkables Primary Schools have created an artwork featuring 150 hand-crafted flowers, which will be ‘planted’ with visual and lighting effect in the garden beds during the LUMA festival.
Mrs Rebecca Lund, Technology Teacher at Wakatipu High School, said they were delighted to be involved in the event.
“The kids have loved it.” She says, “They are super excited to be showing their artwork to not just the community, but thousands of visitors too.”
As well as the flower installation, the students have also created ‘The Illuminatis’, a series of papier-mache figures with lightbulb heads, and have made ceramic sculptures, which will also be on display throughout the LUMA festival.