New Bridge Feature Taking Shape

07 December 2016

Plenty of magic will be radiating from Poet’s Bridge at this year’s TSB Bank Festival of Lights, with more lights than ever being installed on the iconic feature.

More than 1,000 dancing LED lights will make up the TSB Bank Tunnel of Light, designed by architectural lighting consultants Toulouse Group. Work began this week installing the bespoke archway structure that takes its inspiration from Mounga Taranaki. 

Supported by TSB Bank, the new feature took about 150 hours to design and develop, 120 hours to programme, and is expected to take around 200 hours to install at Pukekura Park.

New Plymouth District Council Venues and Events Manager, Ron Murray, says he is looking forward to seeing the TSB Bank Tunnel of Light come to life when the festival kicks off on 18 December.

“Poet’s Bridge is always a focal point of the festival and we think this year’s feature will be a summer highlight.

“It’s been great to work with TSB Bank, Toulouse and the guys from MJF Lighting to get something of this scale into the festival. It’s been a huge undertaking and we think the final result will be something quite striking.”

TSB Bank General Manager of Marketing Brent Woodhead says it is exciting to play a part in a new lighting feature, as well as support the festival as a whole. 

“We’re always excited to see what’s in store when the festival rolls around, but this year we’re particularly looking forward to seeing the tunnel light up.  

“This event is such a huge part of the Taranaki summer and we are continually impressed by the creativity and work that goes into developing such a fantastic seven week long community event.”

This year’s light trail through Pukekura Park is set to cover the most ground of any previous lights festival in the park. The trail includes another great new feature along the Goodwin Dell Loop created by local electronic artist Ian Clothier, while some of the festival’s favourite lighting features will be back, including Tripping the Light, which brings the Fountain Lake to life with colourful LED globes.