Here’s the church and here’s the steeple
The story of Old St Paul’s and its people
In July 2015, while Wellington was celebrating 150 years as the nation’s capital, around the corner from parliament we were involved with another celebration – 150 years since the foundation stone was laid for the city’s most beloved church, Old St Paul’s.
The concept we developed for the Friends of Old St Paul’s was a night time projection on the facade that brings to life the stained glass window in its centre. Out of it emerges a diverse cast of stained-glass style characters who have been part of the story of the church and the land it is built on – from manawhenua (local Māori) in the earliest days, through world wars and the Friends’ protests that saved the church from demolition or removal in the 1960s, to today when Old St Paul’s is a proud icon of the city.
We worked with animators Dusk VFX and composer Jeremy Cullen to create the show, which played several times an hour over 10 winter nights, attracting thousands of curious viewers.
Our association with Old Saint Paul’s goes back several years as we have worked with them on two other projects, A Friend in Need (2007) and Read This Building (2010).