Gayle is a retired accountant and a photography enthusiast living on Victoria's beautiful Bass Coast. Gayle is passionate about writing and keen to showcase Aussie culture to a global audience. Gayle loves her family, dogs, sunsets, and chocolate.
Painting the streets with patterns of light
Not so long ago Korumburra put on a party, the inaugural Korumburra Southern Lights Festival. It was a roaring success with over 7,000 people turning up for the light and music, the huge bonfire, the fire twirlers, and the fireworks that were the grand finale. It was here I first saw one of the light drums. The drum was laser cut to depict the town's mining history and was throwing light patterns metres across the ground. It was indeed very special and the beginning of something more.
The town has taken it to the next level with the free Korumburra Southern Lights Exhibition. There are 13 laser cut drums each representing part of Korumburra's history in pictures, patterns and text. Jason Parmington, from Inverloch, has designed the laser cut drums which are now on display to the public in Commercial Street Korumburra, at the kerb, in vacant shops and in a laneway.
Lighting inside the drums is turned on at 5.30 each night. Marvellous patterns are cast across paths, on shop faces and on brick walls. Two of the drums are inside vacant shops where the light patterns paint every part of the wall and ceiling. In the night light, patterns cast on shop fronts highlight the colours of the walls rendering blues and yellows vibrant against the shadows. The patterns reflect in shop windows and on the people who have come to see them.
They captivate everybody, this is an ageless display. We met a mature couple from Inverloch who were disappointed they had not brought their cameras. Families stopped as their children bent down and studied the drums for only the closest of inspections will sate a child's curiosity. A group of young men posed beside the drums taking selfies, perhaps destined for Facebook or Instagram. We met a lady whose grandfather had links to the history depicted in one of the drums. We were there to take photos and as we passed the open-air tables at the pub, some locals directed us to the drum in the laneway. It was the best of them they said and although it is hard to judge because all are wonderful in their own way, they may be right.
The original festival and now this lighting display are funded by a State Government Pick My Project Grant and organised by the Korumburra Business Association. The designer, Jason Parmington, has a PhD in Architecture and Design and a passion for light phenomena generated through the design and use of objects, specifically refraction and reflection and how they interact in their environment. The drums were assembled by Robert Cosson with the assistance of Burra Electrical Services.
The drums are on display on both sides of Commercial Street Korumburra. Kerbside parking is available. The drums are on display day and night but it is after 5.30 pm when the lights are turned on that true wonder begins. This free after-dark outdoor exhibition runs until the 19th October 2019. Korumburra is around an hour and a half from the Melbourne CBD along the M1 and the South Gippsland Highway. Have an early evening meal at one of the eateries or bistros before checking out the light drums or make a day of it with a family visit to Coal Creek Community Park. For more information go to the Visit Korumburra website. https://www.visitkorumburra.com.au/event/korumburra-southern-lights-lighting-exhibition