Binoculars in Chews Lane

3 May 2011

Many of you may have noticed the binocular station that has recently appeared at the Willis Street end of Chews Lane.

Check out a piece of Wellington's history in 3D through these special binoculars

Check out a piece of Wellington's history in 3D through these special binoculars

The interactive artwork, Shangri La, by artist Lonnie Hutchinson, invites passers-by to peer through the binoculars to discover a whole new world.

Inside the binoculars are a 3D screen and speakers. As you rotate the binoculars, you will witness a series of scenes and animations which are projected on to the surrounding buildings.

These simulated scenes give a nod to the area's natural and cultural history - from flax and cabbage trees gently swaying in the swamp, to two legendary local taniwha frolicking and chasing each other up the lane.

You'll have the sense of actually being inside the scene, as flora and fauna and taniwha come to life with a futuristic twist.

Chews Lane Developments Ltd gifted the artwork to Wellington city.

For more information on our public artworks, go to:

Gallery of Art in Public Places