A giant light sculpture representing the dazzling complexity of the human brain has neurons firing in central Auckland at the start of World Alzheimers Month.
The imposing sculpture – 3.5 metres high and spanning 170 sq metres – was officially lit up by Alzheimers NZ Champion for Dementia Colin Mathura-Jeffree.
When touched, the web of interconnected orbs, simulating neurons, will fire light and sound signals around the structure. As these rapid-fire signals are transmitted, audio clips of the stories of people impacted by dementia in New Zealand are played to give insight into just how challenging the condition is.
The light sculpture, called Affinity, was designed by Amigo and Amigo and S1T2. It is being presented by Auckland Live in partnership with Alzheimers NZ to help raise awareness of the impacts of dementia on individuals, families and communities.
The giant artwork will sit in Auckland’s Aotea Square where people can walk up and touch the orbs that make up the structure, until 22 September, 5-11pm every night.
“World Alzheimer’s Month in New Zealand is about raising awareness, helping to create more dementia-friendly communities and giving a voice to people living with dementia,” Catherine Hall, Alzheimers NZ Chief Executive, said. “Affinity will educate, inform and delight on all levels, while reminding people how lives are changed forever by dementia.”
Affinity is just the start to a month of intensive activity which will feature Memory Walks around the country and the launch of the milestone World Alzheimer Report on 20 September 2016.
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