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Mystery Mountain

Project by "Helios"

Project by “Helios”

On Thursday, the “Here Now – Re-Imagining New Lynn” event opened. The as yet unused retail spaces of the New Lynn Merchant Quarter were given over to projects by second-year students of the School of Architecture and Planning at Auckland University. Plenty of imagination was on offer and often brilliantly realised. I thought it was a success, particularly since it showed how the place can get a buzz with people milling about, and interacting – especially effective with the Thursday Night New Lynn Market held at the Community Centre next door.

The installation shown here is entitled “Frame of Mind” by a group calling themselves “Helios“: fabric, covered painstakingly by reflecting perspex triangles, thrown over a scaffold, formed intriguing landscapes in the folds right down to the floor. Lights enhancing the effects, and signs inviting “Do Touch”. Inside, the structure has the same reflective nature, with a reddish tone, and of course glitter multiplied infinitely. One of my favorites of the event.

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  1. Nice B&W contribution!

  2. That little boy looks like he is just about to look under the covering.

  3. How enchanting this looks in monochrome. Such a gorgeous photo.

  4. how intersting! Never seen anything like it before. 🙂

  5. I like the installation and the way your shot caught the child looking at it.

  6. Very cool – how unusual

  7. Well…this was very interesting! Great shot!

  8. Very interesting installation and a great B&W photo!

  9. This was something new, mountain of diamonds!

  10. I love the way you’ve caught the light reflecting off the metal.

  11. Very interesting installation. Great composition

  12. This looks fascinating. I’d love to see it in person – moving that fabric would be wonderful!

  13. I went along to this installation and it was beautiful. The light that reflected around the room created such an amazing space.

  14. This is a spectacular piece, it just makes my heart sing. Thank you for sharing it!!!

  15. Amazing! I’ll bet it was really effective to experience in person.

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