We are seeking design ideas for a relocatable structure that provides rigging and technical solutions to facilitate light art projection shows. The structure will also need to express its own unique sculptural form, relating well to multiple sites and light shows across Whakatū Nelson.

Public art plays an important role in the social and cultural well-being of the Whakatū Nelson community. In particular, light art shows have in recent years, provided multiple artistic installations on different themes for the community to experience.

Nelson City Council is seeking expressions of interest and concept designs from artists, designers and engineers (practitioners) to design and construct a unique sculptural structure that can securely house two light art projectors to screen a multiplicity of light art shows in the city.

The structure will be relocated from show site to show site, exploring a variety of kaupapa in an almost endless number of locations.

Submissions and concept designs must show past experience and knowledge of problem solving in designing and constructing sculptural or engineered structures. We are looking for practitioners to demonstrate how they can meet industry standards, consenting requirements and safety expectations, while providing a series of bespoke technical solutions for light art projection. These challenges should result in delivery of an efficient, safe and practical multi media public art piece for the Whakatū Nelson community.

Practitioners should lodge their submissions by 5pm Monday 9 January 2023.

  • To commission a solutions-based design and structure that safely meets light art projectionist needs when undertaking light art shows.
  • To commission a stable mobile sculptural form that complements all the locations across the city it is moved to.

Project Details

Please read the RAPS Project Arts Brief and all its subsidiary documents and appendices to understand all the available details for this arts project.

How to submit your proposal

Practitioners should lodge their expressions of interest and concept designs by completing the online submission form. Submissions should include up to five examples of similarly technically complex, sculptural or functional projects undertaken by the practitioner.

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Arts and Heritage Adviser | Kaitohutohu Toi me ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

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