Colenso turns on Vector lights 

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The Auckland Harbour Bridge will be transformed by Vector and Auckland Council tomorrow (Saturday), signalling the City of Sails’ movement towards a sustainable future – and some world-first tech. 

The bridge is now fitted with 90,000 individually programmable LED lights; powered by 248 solar panels on North Wharf. The energy is stored in a Tesla Powerpack battery farm the size of a shipping container at Wynyard Quarter.

“This instalment is an ongoing reminder of the power of sustainable energy, showing how one small, culturally & environmentally-led project can lead to a positive change for Kiwis,” says Colenso BBDO creative group head Maria Devereux.

“And the solar-powered spectacle is not a one-off,” she says. “It’s a demonstration of what can be achieved with renewable energy, part of a wider 10-year smart energy partnership between Vector and Auckland Council.

“The bridge acts as a gigantic billboard to remind people of the power of the sun and the potential of renewable energy. As the lead strategic agency, Colenso BBDO needed to ensure that the wider story would be told as they worked on the launch of Vector Lights.”

Seeing bridges lit up isn’t new. What makes this project unique is that the Auckland Harbour Bridge is now powered entirely by the sun.

“Our creative challenge was to find an equally unique way to launch Vector Lights,” Devereux said.

“Instead of just creating a visual extravaganza, we wanted to exercise creative restraint and see how little we needed to tell a story.”

“Instead of just creating a visual extravaganza, we wanted to exercise some creative restraint and see how little we needed to tell a story. With the invaluable help of Jonny Koefed, Dan Mace, and Mahuia Bridgeman-Cooper, we feel like we’ve created something pretty exciting.”

Vector Lights will transform the Waitematā and become a guiding light toward a smart energy future at 9.10pm. The lightshow will be accompanied by a soundtrack, broadcasted live on Coast 105.4FM.

For insight into the development of the story that will be told through light, motion and sound tomorrow, four videos have been produced by film company Content Boutique, click here to watch.

View the video below

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Creative agency: Colenso BBDO
Production & Animation company: Assembly
Motion Design & Director: Jonny Kofoed / Dan Mace
Music composition: Franklin Rd
Composer: Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
Production & Lighting design: MandyLights
Content production: Flare BBDO / Content Boutique
Client: Vector
Customer Communications Manager: Beth Johnson
Client: Auckland Council
Strategic Projects Director:Adam Prentice
NOTE: Sadly, Colenso, like FCB, no longer supplies full agency credits

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