TSB Festival of Lights sculpture takes a break on Back Beach

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Ant van Dorsten installed a large sculpture at Back Beach on Tuesday, one that will feature in this season's TSB Festival of Lights.

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Ant van Dorsten installed a large sculpture at Back Beach on Tuesday, one that will feature in this season’s TSB Festival of Lights.

One of the feature sculptures in this season’s TSB festival of Lights took a detour on Tuesday for a pop-up installation at New Plymouth’s Back Beach.

The patterned, geometric shape is one part of Hybycozo, a four-piece installation designed by Yelena Filipchuk of Russia and Serge Beaulieu of Canada.

Light installer Ant van Dorsten said he wanted to build the sculpture on Back Beach before it moved to Pukekura Park for the New Plymouth District Council-run festival.

The idea came to him on Tuesday afternoon and within 45 minutes it was all set up and members of the public were having photos taken next to it.

An hour later, van Dorsten had removed the sculpture for it to be installed in Pukekura Park on Thursday.

“I’d love to keep it here, but the tide will come in.”

The sculpture, which is a part of Hybycozo, sat on Back Beach for an hour.

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The sculpture, which is a part of Hybycozo, sat on Back Beach for an hour.

The beach wasn’t the only place he’d considered taking it.

“We thought about the [Stratford] plateau, but thought it’d be too far to go.”

The public can get another look at the full Hybycozo installation when the festival opens on Saturday.



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