Courtenay Place Park light boxes

A New Zealand first, Courtenay Place Park light boxes form a highly public exhibition space in the midst of Wellington’s central city environment.

The eight 3-metre high steel and glass LED light boxes were designed as an integral part of the Courtenay Place Park and were unveiled in May 2008.

The light boxes encourage people to reflect on this busy and diverse urban centre, even if just for a minute.

Each exhibition lasts for four to six months.

Current exhibition

To Turn Night Into Day, Martin Awa Clarke Langdon

‘Celestial Bodies’, Martin Awa Clarke Langdon

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To Turn Night Into Day

Courtenay Place Park Light Boxes
Martin Awa Clarke Langdon

27 May – 27 September

Wellington-based, Auckland-born artist Martin Awa Clarke Langdon (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Whāwhākia, Ngāti Hikairo, Kāi Tahu) presents a new photographic series in the Courtenay Place Park Light Boxes for the months leading into and through Matariki 2020, Pipiri – Whiringa-ā-nuku.

Langdon plays on the transient and changeable nature of this site, allowing passers-by to observe and interact with his artwork during the day and night. The exhibition consciously embraces the constant state of natural change from Pipiri to Whiringa-ā-nuku.

To Turn Night Into Day observes Matariki as a time of reflection, realignment and reconnection for all. Langdon’s visual imagery explores duality and connections within the culturally entangled Māori and Pākehā worldviews he experienced growing up. Personal moments with whānau, urban observations and abstractions of whakapapa highlight the importance of whānau and shared knowledge through the generations.

Selection of light box images from To Turn Night Into Day:

How to exhibit

For info on how to have your work exhibited in the lightboxes, see our exhibition opportunities page.

Previous exhibitions

View information and images from past projects.

More information

Eve Armstrong, Senior Arts Advisor
Phone: 021 227 8207
Email: eve.armstrong@wcc.govt.nz