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2015 was the ‘International Year of Light’ which was fortunate because it allowed me to develop a series of large-scale public art events using my extensive range of torches and proven light painting skills. I like to regard these light events as 'Mass Illumination Experiences' as it brings a sense of wonder about light into the realm of everyday people.

The value of these events is that people become physically immersed in the light experience. Even better they are the creators of these art works. Therefore they own these artworks and many people have remarked how pleased they are to see their handiwork featured in the final images. As the visiting artist I just facilitate and provide the necessary expertise to make the results memorable. 

A good example was the hugely successful ‘Field of Orbs’ project I undertook in Centennial Park in August 2015. The event was commissioned by Inspiration Australia to create a light-inspired artwork. It involved enlisting 100 orb spinners to stand in the middle of Centennial Park, each with a cluster of Christmas lights taped to the end of a piece of string. It was a wonderful event and the support from the community to make this event a success was marvellous.

You can see the stunning 1 minute video from the night here: VIDEO

The final outcome of the Fields of Orbs was extraordinarily successful. Not only did the event get promoted on almost every online news outlet across the country (which pleased Inspiration Australia greatly) it also drew quality newspaper features, which wrote extensively about the event. The SYDNEY MORNING HERALD ran a story by Jacqui Taffel about the event on Saturday 8th August. See link here: NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

The event itself brought over 500 people through the gates of Centennial Park on the night. There were the 100 registered orb spinners, 200 amateur photographers and over 200 spectators. The bonus promotional benefit was the huge social media kick-on effect, as hundreds of photographers posted their images onto Facebook and Instagram etc. There were also follow-up features on national and international websites

See links:

INSTAGRAM

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA COVERAGE

In November 2015 I did another event on the shores of Jervis Bay for the local See Change Arts Festival. It was a relatively small-scale event using 65 lights. It created a huge buzz in the towns of Huskisson/Vincentia with many residents wishing they had known it was on so they could have come down to be a part of the experience.

See the local newspaper coverage here: NEWS STORY

I have since completed events in a number of regions around Australia, including the 2016 Cairns Festival. This is a testimonial: "I rarely encounter an artist with such generosity; to share their skills and experience in a highly technical process to the extent that the resulting artwork becomes so genuinely owned by the community". Chris Stannard, Curator, Cairns Festival.  

I welcome any inquiries from people who may like me to mount such an event for their community. You can email me here: psolness@optusnet.com.au

Below are some images from recent events.