Chandelier for Opera House Lane

16 July 2013

Council contractors have installed the first part of a project that aims to revitalise Opera House Lane.

Workers in Opera House Lane, installing the chandelier housing.

Workers installing the chandelier housing

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Last week they installed the housing for a giant chandelier that will bathe the lane in shimmering light.

The chandelier is made from kaynemaile - a locally-invented material that was used as a lightweight alternative to chainmail in The Lord of the Rings films. It’s now proving popular in architectural circles for its ability to scatter light attractively.

The next stage of the project - part of a wider plan to make Wellington’s laneways brighter and safer - will see lighting installed in the chandelier and a colourfully-lit interactive kaynemaile screen erected along the wall of the lane between Manners and Wakefield streets.