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A local artist brought a vibrant splash of colour to The Pass recently, projecting a series of psychedelic displays onto the famous surfing spot.

In the first of a series of local light experiments, artist Kit Webster used a projector, connected to a generator, to pour coloured light onto the rocky outcrop at the northern end of the beach.

‘I wanted to feature the natural beauty of the Shire, and the first place that came to mind was The Pass’, says Webster, who recently moved to Mullumbimby.

‘I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, but it turned out to be incredible’.

‘The moon was full and it was really clear, and the cliffs were a perfect canvas’.

Mr Webster was showing his work at major light festivals across Australia and internationally when COVID hit, necessitating a return home. But he has been making the most of the change, successfully applying for a grant from Northern Rivers Arts to undertake projections highlighting the natural beauty of the Shire.

Digital and physical worlds meld

‘I’ve always been fascinated by the melding of digital and physical worlds’, he says.

‘I use that interplay to create psychedelic experiences – playing with how far we can go’.

‘I’m excited about the possibilities of creating different experiences for locals’.

Webster is hoping to collaborate with other local artists, musicians, and performers to create multimedia experiences in the coming months.

‘There’s such a wealth of creativity here, and I’d love to hear from anyone who’d like to get involved’, he says.

He is also hoping to collaborate with local businesses. To see more of Webster’s work go to www.kitwebster.com.

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