An explanation of light

Recreating Bill Culbert’s ‘An explanation of light’ (1984) for Toi o Tāmaki’s “Bill Culbert Slow Wonder” exhibition, was a delight.

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We were thrilled to have the opportunity to build such a magnificent piece of art for a well-respected New Zealand artist like Culbert.

Culbert’s art was often described as ‘a question opened for others,’ and through his own lens he would say 'I like to make brains move.' The exhibition brings together work from a time where Culbert first experimented with photography becoming 3D sculpture. 

As a team, we’re proud of the commissions we are able to bring to life for different artists. Having the ability to work with different materials like light in this instance, is exciting because we’re utilising our capabilities to help artists build bigger and more elaborate projects.

Dating back to 2000, we first produced work for Culbert by making ‘Blue’ which was 100 metres of blue neon mounted on the Christchurch Convention Centre. In 2001 we made and installed ‘The Black Hole' a Culbert, Hotere collaboration for a private collector in Auckland.

Jumping to 2006, we built ‘SkyBlues’ in Post Office square in Wellington, a 11 metre tall stainless steel and neon sculpture, along with seven, 2.5 metre tall neon cork screws at Mahana Estates in Nelson. We also fabricated ‘Hut Made In Christchurch,’ which was exhibited at 2013 La Biennale di Venezia - the furthest away we have sent our work.

Toi o Tāmaki’s fantastic exhibition is one of the many works showing through to November this year. We encourage you to go and witness this extraordinary piece of art if you have the opportunity to.

Discover the Bill Culbert Exhibition