A neon rave light, which resembles a traditional disco ball, is a common sight in the Irish countryside, but not everyone is familiar with its workings.
Dublin City Council is launching a series of new interactive tours to show how people can create their own neon lights and help make the city’s streets more welcoming.
The city’s Light at Dusk initiative, launched this week, is aimed at giving visitors a greater understanding of the city centre’s lighting infrastructure and how to create their very own.
“We want to make people aware of how they can participate in the creation of this infrastructure and show them the potential for the city to become a much more open and welcoming place,” said City of Dublin chief executive Michael McGrath.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to be a part of the innovation process and be able to be part of it in the best possible way.”
Dublin’s Light At Dusk programme will allow visitors to design and build their own lights using a range of materials, such as cardboard, cardboard tubes and foam.
Participants will have the opportunity to build and decorate the lights using cardboard, tube and foam, which will be placed on a concrete surface.
The programme, which is being run by the City of Ireland and City of Cork, will be run for three months, during which time the City has been experimenting with different designs.
Auckland has also started a similar initiative to offer visitors a chance to participate in creating their own lighting, with the aim of increasing the number of neon lights being lit on Auckland’s streets.
“In a city like Auckland, it’s really important to understand how light works,” Auckland City Council lighting engineer Dr Matt Smith said.
“There’s a lot of research being done into how light affects the behaviour of animals, and how it impacts people.”
This can be particularly important for people in the city.
“The Auckland Light At Dawn initiative aims to get people familiar with the way light interacts with the environment, and to help them design and install a light, said City lights engineer Matt Smith.
Participating participants will be encouraged to put the ideas into practice by building their own light, and then sharing it with their neighbours, he said.
The project is being organised by Auckland Council’s Light, Light at Dawn programme, with support from the Auckland Council Technology Strategy, which aims to improve the city and the environment.
The Auckland City Light at dusk initiative has already received support from Auckland Council, City of Wellington, National Geographic and the European Union.
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