The stage structure itself acts as a beacon to those floating out to watch music at the scheduled start time of 5am. In the short night provided by the north’s summer solstice, attendees launch from various ports around the lake and float out into the dark, waiting to be greeted with swelling sounds and Zane’s glowing ‘Drawings of Light’ installation.
The simple form of a ‘house’ references the comforting and calming intentions of the experience, with different ‘rooms’ revealing themselves as the performance progresses. As the concert starts, the stage lights dimly, highlighting the first solo performer of the morning. The surrounding darkness further serves to emphasize ‘the enormous black space around him and his loneliness in it’.
As other musicians join, more of the stage is illuminated, with exaggerated shadows captured in the lines of the enclosure.
As the sky becomes lighter, the black parts of the structure are also revealed; previously hidden but now forming part of the now-visible larger structure.
This intervention is a stunning example of how a group of inspired individuals can activate an already incredible landscape into an even more unique and special experience. We love how a creative community has come together to produce such an extraordinary event in such an organic and participatory way. As citizens continue to use their initiative to celebrate where they live, we will continue to watch in awe at the ideas that come to light.