Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Lobethal Lanterns

The Lobethal Lanterns are a textile lantern designed and made especially for the Lobethal community. The lanterns are suspended from verandahs of shopfronts and homes in Lobethal during the daytime, and are designed to be illuminated only by renewable energy powered light sources.

Video by Jessica Foster

In 2010 hundreds of Lobethal Lanterns have been made by groups of people living in and around Lobethal. These colourful lanterns each have their own individual design, colours and decorations, and are installed along the Main Rd of Lobethal for day-time visitors to enjoy.

At night time selected Solar Grove sites display illuminated Lobethal Lanterns.

If you live in Lobethal and would like to construct the Lobethal Lantern design to hang outside your home or shop, you can obtain the pattern by contacting Victoria Harrison via the contact page. The Lobethal Lanterns are a simple design that takes a few hours to build, and there are instructions on how to make them here.

Victoria Harrison, textile and well known community artist has been leading community groups to make the Lobethal Lanterns, and workshops have been held with local schools, senior residents, community groups, and the Lights of Lobethal festival committee have also had their own workshops to check and finish the Lanterns.

The lanterns were designed by Cindi Drennan as a project to enhance the Lights of Lobethal festival, supported by Arts SA and the Lights of Lobethal SA Inc. In 2009 a pilot project was held, to make several dozen of the lanterns, which were displayed at three Solar Grove sites. In 2010 Lanterns Workshops, supported by Festivals Australia, involved five local artists and over 150 local people, to participate in Lanterns workshops, make Giant Lanterns, and present a public stall where festival visitors can make their own lantern to take home.

Project: Lights of Lobethal