Affinity, proudly presented by Ryman Healthcare
An exciting addition to this inaugural event is the internationally acclaimed light installation Affinity. Designed in Australia by amigo & amigo in collaboration with S1T2, Affinity reinforces the human element of HighLight by acting as a conversation-starter about Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The installation and its visual and audio response to viewers fits perfectly with HighLight’s theme of ‘Being Human’, and naturally led to us to work with Alzheimers Wellington, our official charity partner.
Having Affinity at HighLight wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of Ryman Healthcare, our official Affinity sponsor. Funding from Pelorus Trust contributed greatly to bringing this artwork to Lower Hutt, and to support HighLight.
Affinity will be situated in Dowse Square, outside Bellbird Café and Eatery.
Affinity- what you’ll experience
Explore the mystery of our brains, where our most precious memories live.
Affinity is an interactive light sculpture that depicts the dazzling complexity and connectivity of the human brain and the effects of Dementia on our memories.
Participants step within an intricate web of interconnected globes symbolising neurons in the brain. When stimulated by touch, the globes set up a striking display of sound and light, representing the rapid-fire transmission of messages between neurons.
The sculpture explores the effects of Alzheimer’s on our memories within this environment. As you explore this large-scale installation, sounds and personal stories of people impacted by dementia emanate from the orbs, raising awareness about this important social issue.
About our Affinity Sponsor – Ryman Healthcare
Ryman Healthcare is one of New Zealand’s leading provider of retirement living options for New Zealanders over the age of 70, with 31 friendly villages throughout the country. The company has built an unprecedented reputation building exceptional villages, employing professional and caring staff.
Their villages provide a range of retirement living and care options, including independent townhouses and apartments, serviced apartments and care centres providing the very best of resthome, hospital and dementia level care.
Ryman Healthcare villages are designed and built with stunning architecture concepts, and nestled amongst beautifully landscaped gardens. Residents also enjoy fabulous resort style facilities, right on their door step – lounges and bar, indoor swimming pool and spa, gym, beauty salon, bowling green, library, internet café, movie theatre, and so much more.
Ryman Healthcare has five villages in the Wellington region, including Bob Scott and Shona McFarlane here in Lower Hutt. They have recently opened a 40 bed dementia care centre at Bob Scott Retirement Village in Petone, which provides secure living in a warm and homely environment.
The dementia care centre incorporates many design features to help residents find their way about, such as interesting and textural wall decals and fittings, memory boxes on bedroom doors, and use of colour to differentiate areas.
Staff in the unit specialise in dementia care, and interact with residents in a positive and therapeutic manner. There is an extensive activity programme, and the centrally-located nurse station and monitoring system ensure staff can unobtrusively watch over residents while preserving their dignity.
Ryman Healthcare understands the impact of Dementia and Alzheimers on families and they recently announced Alzheimers New Zealand as their official charity partner for 2017 – 2018. We are thrilled to have Ryman Healthcare on board as the key sponsor of Affinity in 2017.
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About Alzheimers Wellington
As our official charity partner for HighLight 2017, Alzheimers Wellington are a major part of the event.
Through this partnership they aim to shine light on one of the country’s most common – but frequently overlooked – health conditions, and to let more people know about the free services, support and education they offer to people diagnosed with dementia, their family and friends, and the wider public.
The Alzheimers Wellington team will be based at Affinity, where they hope that people who interact with the sculpture will share their thoughts and feelings with the team.
The funds raised at HighLight go directly to Alzheimers Wellington, and every dollar donated stays in the Wellington region, going directly towards helping local families affected by dementia.
About the designers – amigo and amigo
amigo & amigo, are best known for their immersive light installation works that engage audiences and transform public spaces. They are passionate about pushing boundaries and creating artworks which are fearlessly experimental. Their works have been featured in Sydney’s Vivid Light Festival for 3 consecutive years. Their hope is to leave a little sense of wonder and beauty behind as they continue their work.