The Lightship’s inaugural commission is a new artwork by Janet Lilo entitled 'ISLOVE'.
“Created for a future defined by the current global pandemic, BLM, social and political upheavals, and great loss, 'ISLOVE' refocuses Auckland’s harbour as a place of connection and light.”
This large-scale digital light wall on Quay Street provides Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland with a unique place for public art to be enjoyed. The Lightship is a 110-metre-long, 13-metre-high light wall that wraps around the western façade of the port’s new car handling building. It is made up of seven panels with nearly 8,500 individually programmable LED lights and is visible from busy Quay Street, city wharves, local buildings and the water. The Lightship sits near another significant public artwork, ‘The Lighthouse’ by Michael Parekowhai on Queens Wharf, cementing the area as a destination for contemporary public art.
Janet Lilo b.1982 (Te Rarawa, Samoa, Niue) lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Her work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe, America and Moana Pacific - with extensive shows throughout New Zealand - from Auckland Art Gallery, Te Papa Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery.