Lighting Up Warkworth
A new permanent public artwork on the Mahurangi River opposite Warkworth township and adds a magical experience to an evening stroll along the riverside.
The light installation was funded from council’s Public Art Regional budget and was officially turned on during the Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights on July 15.
It will illuminate a stand of totara opposite the town wharf and will run for three hours a night commencing at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm between March & September and two hours commencing at 9pm and 10pm between October & February
It uses 35 programmable LED lights and eight speakers to tell the story of Mahurangi through the eyes of manu whenua Ngāti Manuhiri. The artist was Hokimai-anahera Rosieur (Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāpuhi and Te Aupōuri).
The new artwork is the first to be delivered in the Rodney region under the Auckland Council public artwork programme.
Council’s public art manager Hayley Wolters says it is expected to be in place for 10 years.
“The project outcomes for this artwork aligns with our regional programme, which includes celebrating Te Ao Māori, supporting arts and culture, stimulating community activity and contributing to a vibrant and economically strong town centre.”