Wagga NightLights Projections upstage Sydney's Vivid Festival with permanent light show

NightLights Projections are on display at the Wagga Civic Centre Building and will feature displays from artist Joel Zika. Picture: Supplied
NightLights Projections are on display at the Wagga Civic Centre Building and will feature displays from artist Joel Zika. Picture: Supplied

Digital sculptures will light up the Wagga Civic Centre building tonight as part of the city’s NightLight Projections event.

Joel Zika will showcase his District light show, an “abstraction” based on a re-imaging of the Wagga District Hospital.

“I developed this which which is a range of different architectural buildings that used to live here in Wagga,” he said.

“I went through the photo archives of Wagga and found a list of recurring brick and eco forms, some of which are still here.

“This work uses elements from the old district hospital, which is now a modern building.”

There will be an “artist talk” to accompany the projection as well, council Cultural Officer Tracie Miller said.

“Joel will talk about the projection and how it was made,” she said.

“He works in virtual reality and has been filming overseas in the U.S. He will talk about his practice and the local artists who are a part of it as well.

“The project runs for three weeks and will be a “fifty meter by eight meter projection”.

“It has four projectors that beam up there nightly,” Ms Miller said.

“We’ve had it for four years now, the projection program, and it’s one of the largest permanent installations in Australia.

“Even Sydney City don’t own their projections. They do Vivid but they don’t have any permanent installations.”

Joel was thrilled when council asked him to come and spend a week “with local, aspiring projection artists” and is excited to work with the “amazing projection space”.

“Actual concrete spaces that artists can use (for projection) are really few and far between,” he said.

“This is a piece of architecture you can put your artwork onto.

“That lends yourself to preparing an artworks that’s quite physical. Actually having a space that can be there for many weeks means you can plan ahead for a good show.”

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