Morning Glory and LaLaLa at the Auckland Lantern Festival 2016 Event as iCalendar

(Creative Events, Fine Arts, Architecture and Planning)

18 February 2016 - 21 February 2016

Location: Auckland Domain and The University of Auckland Grafton Campus forecourt

Cost: Free

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Alvin Xiong's purple and blue light-based artwork Auckland Lantern Festival 2016
Image: Alvin Xiong & Norman Wei

In support of this year's Auckland Lantern Festival, award-winning graduates Alvin Xiong (Elam) and Norman Wei (architecture) from the University of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts and School of Architecture and Planning have collaborated to produce two large-scale artworks to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Morning Glory is a site-specific project responding to its setting along the tree-lined paths of the Auckland Domain. The installation mimics the rhythmic forms of natural and man-made structures; capturing the viewer's eye with its hypnotic festive red colouring and invites our sight to travel through the scenic surrounds. Morning Glory is located within the grounds of the Auckland Domain.

LaLaLa is a play on contrasts; harmonising the curvilinear forms of surrounding trees set against the strong lines of the site's architectural vista. The installation alludes to the aesthetic philosophy of Yin and Yang, where contrary dynamics become interconnected, interdependent and unified. LaLaLa is a located on the University of Auckland's Grafton Campus forecourt, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland.

We hope you will come to marvel at these large-scale installations and enjoy all the lantern festivities!