Cathedral showcased in light and sound

NauMai September 2021 The beauty and tranquillity of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit was explored with a unique ‘light and sound’ installation, on Saturday 14 August, to begin celebrations…

Cathedral showcased in light and sound Archdiocese of Wellington

NauMai September 2021

The beauty and tranquillity of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit was explored with a unique ‘light and sound’ installation, on Saturday 14 August, to begin celebrations for the Week of the Assumption.

Brought together as a ‘gift’ to the Cathedral congregation by the Palmy Projection Lab, a group of five multi-media artists, the installation explored the Cathedral’s stained-glass windows in a highly creative way. Using digital imagery with live music, intricate details of the windows – which had been photographed by David Lupton and his team over several weeks – were projected across the Cathedral’s columns, arches, ceilings and walls.

The hour-long presentation of slowly evolving images and improvised music was a visual and sound delight and an extraordinary experience of colour and sound, said parish priest Fr Joe Grayland.

‘It was utterly inspirational and meditative, and people were absolutely stunned,’ he said. ‘Overall, it was a really beautiful way of looking at our Cathedral and turned a beautiful church into a work of art.’

Steph Grantham, parishes manager for Kotahi Ano, Together as One – Cathedral, Lourdes, and Foxton – said, ‘this was the Cathedral as we have never seen it before. The evening was a beautiful and moving start to the Week of Mary. ‘Approximately 200 people came and a collection for Women’s Refuge, raised just over $1,000.’

The spontaneous time and motion display by the artists was a one-off installation.

Photos: David Lupton