Have you seen the colourful round globes of light that have been strung throughout Civic Park? The lights are part of Newcastle’s Lighting Improvement Project and have really set the mood for a stroll through one of the city’s most iconic parks.
The globe lighting is fully programmable for colour and will provide some temporary lighting to improve activation and safety in the city centre, said Newcastle Lord Mayor Cr Nuatali Nelmes.
“These lights add a fun and playful aspect to the park’s night-time scenery,” said the Lord Mayor. “We want to improve lighting across the CBD as part of city centre revitalisation. This lighting is temporarily located at Civic Park and could be relocated to activate other areas of the city at a future dat” she said.
The Lighting Improvement Project has four key directions that all aim to improve lighting across the city centre.
Light as Art – This project, which includes the globe lighting in Civic Park, is a multifaceted project that involves the installation of artistic or interpretive lighting throughout the city to improve activation and safety. The recent Night Owls lighting design competition was also a part of Light as Art.
People scale lighting – This project aims to engage building and shop owners with the installation of specialised pedestrian lighting under the awnings and tree canopy of city streets. The aim is to bring lighting closer to where pedestrians actually need it rather than lighting being solely focused on the needs of vehicles.
Shopfront lighting – This is a potential joint venture project with Newcastle NOW to assist business owners with improving lighting for their shopfronts. Good shopfront lighting has been proven to reduce anti-social behaviour, improve after dark visibility for pedestrians and increase business.
Building uplighting – This project aims to improve the uplighting of prominent buildings and monuments in the city centre to create more visual attractiveness.