Spectrum of colour in the sky above city

Dunedin Pride secretary Trak Grey (left) and chairperson Max Wolfgram in George St with the...
Dunedin Pride secretary Trak Grey (left) and chairperson Max Wolfgram in George St with the teaser image for the Rainbow Aurora art installation project coming to George St in March. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
A kaleidoscope of colour and song is coming to the skies above George St as a pair of art projects have been approved to brighten the central city upgrade project.

The projects were selected in the first round of funding from the Dunedin Dream Brokerage’s Platform Project, designed to bring temporary art installations to the CBD upgrade.

Next month an iridescent overhead light show is to descend on George St, as Dunedin Pride brings The Rainbow Aurora to the city.

The installation will feature 150m of festoon lighting suspended in a grid over a section of the street, with the lights mapped and animated to mimic the swirling, rippling effect of the aurora australis.

Dunedin Pride is receiving $14,000 in funding to work on the installation in place of its scrapped festival plans, working alongside Gravity Events to deliver the project.

Dunedin Pride secretary Trak Gray said the lights would re-create the wonder of the Southern Lights, and they hoped it would invoke a sense of awe and discovery in viewers.

"It ties into the kaupapa of Dunedin Pride, which is that there is plenty to be proud of in Dunedin, we just need to highlight it in a new way."

Before this, an installation from Paemanu: Ngai Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts will bring the sounds of Dunedin’s native birds to George Street.

The auditory installation, titled Tu atu, tu mai — he karaka manu ki ka manuhiri, will feature recordings of native species from the city’s Town Belt playing in series along the length of the street.

QR codes and souvenir flyers will complement the soundscape, which is to be produced by local artist Vicki Lenihan.

It is planned for installation in the George St precinct later this month, having received $6000 in funding.

Submissions for the second round of Platform Project funding close on February 21.

The Platform Project is expected to distribute a total of $40,000 to temporary art installations in the CBD, funded by the Dunedin City Council’s central city project.