Light up the City

An Enliven Places project is lighting up the city. Head into the central city and see the trail of lighting projects.

Projector Art TrailI come as one but stand as ten thousand by Kyla

We received a number of great entries for our ‘Light Up the City’ competition. Entries showcased what residents love about Christchurch. 

You can now visit the central city to see the trail of projectors that are lighting up the central city footpaths.  See the trail on Find CHCH(external link)

The winning designs will be displayed in two rounds.  The first round ran from 19 August to 22 September and featured designs from Georgina, Shannon, Yuki, Pippa, Harry, Kyla, Mackenzie, Sethumi and Mimi.

The second round is now live and features designs from: Amy, Andrew, Ciara, Douglas, Ethan, Evie, Fianc, Maia, Minori and Nicholas

Specialist category: Spire

This installation has now been decommissioned. 

Step into and step around these nine opal Spires and watch dusk and dark come to life with light.

An interactive lighting display that features nine spires which change colour as people move around them has been installed in Cathedral Square.

The Spire proposal was one of three designs the public were asked to vote on as part of the ‘Light Up the City’ competition. 

Location: Cathedral Square 

Description: Enter a celestial circle of spires and interact with an impressive light installation.

Designed and delivered by: Shades Arcade (Carl Pavletich and Julieanne Eason)

Talking Tree

This installation has now been decommissioned. 

Talking Tree

Artist Tim Budgen alongside students from Ara have created a lighting display that is sure to spark your imagination. At night time, a tree in the centre of Cathedral Square comes to life telling jokes and talking about places to explore in the central city.

Designed By: Tim Budgen and Year 3 Motion Design Students at Ara School of Art & Design

Delivered By: Spectrum Lighting & Sound

Location: Cathedral Square 


 Have a question or want further information on this project? You can email  

Request for proposals

15 March to 12 April

The Council’s Enliven Places Programme is seeking proposals for the design and construction of one interactive lighting display to be located in the core of the Central City over the 2019 winter period. You will have just over four weeks to create your proposal. All details are outlined in the request for proposal document. 

Panel review

16 April to 18 April

All proposals will be evaluated by a review panel to ensure the proposal meets the design and evaluation criteria. The panel will select the top three designs in the specialist category for a Facebook vote. 

Public vote

29 April to 6 May

The top three designs from the specialist category will be posted on Facebook for public vote. The design with the most likes will be delivered. 

Winners announced

7 May to 10 May

The winning installation will be announced on Facebook. The Council will work with the designer to finalise the details of the installation. 

Building and installation

13 May to 9 August

The winning designer will have twelve weeks to build and install their installation.