” The light boxes encourage people to reflect on this environment, even if just for a minute.” Wellington City Council on Courtenay Place Park Lightboxes. Web. 16.03.16.
Eight 3m-high steel frames and glass LED boxes sit in the park. Putting aside the traditional white blank gallery walls, the light boxes create a highly public exhibition area, where everyone can experience the exhibit without the structures and rules of a gallery, it opens up a new way of experiencing art.
The boxes were revealed in May 2008. Each exhibition displayed on the light boxes lasts 4- 6 months. Currently “Romance”, by Richard Shepherd is on display, December 2015–April 2016. Shepherd uses pictures photographed live from “broadcast television”, it’s a reflection on our “pixel based lives”.
“Television pretends to offer up a collective image of happiness and to conduct our desires in a drama, a romance, of narrowly defined, little pleasures”. Wellington City Council on Courtenay Place Park Lightboxes. Richard Shepherd. Web. 16.03.16
Passerbys and the Lightboxes
The light boxes are not only part of a beautification project but an attempt to inspire and educate the crowds of commuters that pass through on a daily basis. The Lightboxes are left unsupervised allowing audiences freedom of interpretation.
Colours and lines present in the exhibition are often dull and blurry, an aspect of pixels. The lack of logos, text, signage and instructions give us a raw and clear view of the underlying messages beneath just the image.
Selfie @ Courtenay Place Lightboxes
Wellington City Council, Courtenay Place Park. “Courtenay Place Park”, “Current Exhibition”. Web. 16/03/2016