Light Installations: Werte

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Werte has been inspired by an artwork by Kumalie Kngwarraye Riley, which takes as its central motif Werte (pronounced Woord-da), the concentric lineal work that speaks of meeting places, and is so relevant to the Central Desert art styles.

Among the highlights is artist Greg McAdam’s enormous glowing sphere, Grass Seed, measuring seven metres in diameter and suspended three metres in the air.

Curated as a central axis to the artworks at Desert Park, branch off from Grass Seed in different directions and you will encounter Rachel Wallace’s Alatye (Bush Yam), reinterpreted into a four metre-high flower, and Lachlan Dodds-Watson’s representation of the next generation of artists, Emu Laying Eggs at Night. This has been transformed into a towering eight metre-high emu.

Immerse yourself in the experience as the path guides you to places where you can gather, interact and be inspired by age-old stories.

All artworks are accompanied by a bespoke audio soundscape including artist narrations.

Each light installation will be accompanied by a bespoke audio soundscape and light box that tells the story of the artwork and the artist, each space playing a role in the narrative of Werte.

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  • Parrtjima, a festival in Light, Alice Springs, Australia 2017. September 22, 2017. James Horan Photography for Tourism NT

  • Language of Kin, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 5/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Parrtjima festival, Desert Park, Alice springs, Australia. 27/9/2018. Photo Credit James Horan Photos Courtesy Parrtjima Australia

  • Todd Mall, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Todd Mall, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC