Electric cars power Devonport art installations

Glow with the flow during Artweek

Last Updated : 16 Oct 2018

The annual GLOW@Artweek is famous in Devonport, combining local artists' work with renewable energy technology.

And though the rest of Auckland seems to be in the dark about one of the area's most popular Artweek displays, two Nissan Leaf electric vehicles are set to raise the event's profile.

Supported by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Auckland Transport, Vector and Devonport Business Association, GLOW@Artweek will transform Windsor Reserve into a supercharged art venue on Friday October 12 and Saturday October 13, from 5pm until late.

The event features light pavilions made by Unitec architecture students, all powered by a ‘Vehicle to Home’ (V2H) system courtesy of two Vector Nissan Leaf G2 electric cars providing the energy.

Not yet commercially available, the technology showcases that EV owners will soon have access to a portable, rechargeable power source for their own use.


Devonport Business Improvement District manager Toni van Tonder is keen for city-siders to hop on a ferry and take in what has become one of Artweek’s highlights.

"On 12 October we also have 'Friday after Five' that closes Clarence Street for live music, art activations, food trucks and entertainment. It’s just minutes from the downtown ferry terminal and we’d love anyone looking for something different after work to join us.

"Devonport is not only about Victorian-era buildings and seaside sweetness, it’s a vibrant arts destination and we see GLOW@Artweek as a great chance to show all of Auckland what we’re good at. We’re just 10 minutes from the city centre by ferry. What better way to spend a night out?"

North Shore ward councillor Chris Darby agrees Artweek is a great reason to explore a new part of Auckland.

"In Devonport, Artweek is a major event on the calendar for local businesses and the community. GLOW is a big local drawcard, but it is not all we can offer, with other activities including sculpture tours, film screenings and artist talks."

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