Award winning puppetry artist Theresa O’Connor, has created a number of silhouette paper cut artworks designed to suit the business or activity centre the work was placed in. Each window was chosen from a selection of interested community members that were, or still are affected by Covid 19 restrictions. Each artwork is framed in a 3D cardboard sculpted miniature shadow puppet theatre, also crafted by Theresa. They have two different modes: a day time mode lit by daylight through the window and a night time mode, back lit by a simple desk lamp revealing a second ghost-like image.
The concept of Leave a Ghost Light On is derived from theatre traditions of leaving a ghost light on while the venue is not in use. There are many speculations as to the reason behind the use of the ghost light. A practical reason is so the first and last person in the space can safely see their path to turn on work lights. Others say it is a superstition to leave a light on for the theatre ghost, so they don’t interfere with the props and scenery overnight. But simply, and the most common reason returning in today’s climate, is to signify hope; that we will return one day to make theatre for audiences.
Theresa took this concept further, beyond the theatre doors and into the Moonee Valley neighbourhood. We hope these ghost light shadow artworks, share a beacon of light reminding you of the strength and resilience our community has. Artworks can be seen below, or in person at the different locations throughout November and December 2020.
To see the modes cycle through automatically, click our video below
GHOST LIGHT WINDOW: The Clocktower Centre 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039
To see the revolving shadow puppets, click our video below
CALL OUT FOR WINDOWS FOR ART: Recently we made a community call out across the City of Moonee Valley for our Leave a Ghost Light On project. The response was fantastic, and we thank you Moonee Valley! Expressions of Interest have now closed.
Leave a Ghost Light On is supported by Moonee Valley City Council Covid 19 Arts Recovery Grants.