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The Lighthouse public opening

Saturday 11 February, 7pm

Published: 5 January 2017
The Lighthouse at the tip of Auckland's Queens Wharf is nearing completion.

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'The Lighthouse' opens Saturday 11 February, 7pm

The highly anticipated public opening of The Lighthouse by Michael Parekowhai on Auckland’s Queens Wharf will be held on Saturday 11 February, from 7pm.

Auckland Council’s Manager Arts and Culture Kaye Glamuzina says the finishing touches are being applied to the artwork in preparation for the opening.

“The fences will come down on Saturday evening and Aucklanders will be able to come down to Queens Wharf and see the completed artwork up close for the first time.

“This is a generous gift from Barfoot & Thompson to the city – the public opening will focus entirely on the artwork and give people the opportunity to experience it for themselves,” she says.

The opening celebration is timed to coincide with dusk and sunset to offer people the opportunity to see The Lighthouse against the changing night sky.

About The Lighthouse

  • The artwork is called The Lighthouse. It was created by artist Michael Parekowhai
  • Its exterior is in the form of a 1:1 scale 1950s family home
  • The interior features an installation of light
  • It is surrounded by a wooden jetty that ‘floats’ on Queens Wharf
  • The public can explore the work by looking in windows, doors and climbing the staircase.

Opening event details

  • Saturday 11 February 2016, from 7pm – all welcome
  • Entertainment will feature on the wharf
  • The public will be guided around the outside of the artwork and hosts will be available to answer questions
  • There will be no speeches or unveiling formalities
  • A plaque will be installed alongside the artwork to acknowledge this significant gift by Barfoot & Thompson.