Art Trail – Monday 14 to Saturday 26 October – Town Centre - 6pm to 10.30pm
The Lightpool Festival ‘Town Centre Art’ is a self-guided tour over 13 nights. Recognisable indoor and outdoor spaces will be transformed by spectacular artworks by local, national and international artists.
Central Library / Grundy Art Gallery
Spaceman - originally designed for the Space Age road section by Alan Cockcroft in 1970
Critter Divided - an Illumination’s favourite from 2003 re-imagined in homage to Damien Hirst.
Brilliance - the light and sound show was the first of its kind in the UK. Based on a continuous ribbon spiralling in and out of the ground, its six metal arches criss-cross Birley Street with custom-designed luminaires.
St Johns Square
Wave-Field - a series of eight giant see saws that light up and make music as you bounce. Become immersed in the unique soundscape as the see saws move with their riders – each one with its own temperament and creating its own melody.
Tardis – a full-size Tardis replica as featured in the BBC series Dr Who
When I grow Up – Lightpool Festival in partnership with Primary Futures engages with local schoolchildren in a project to encourage them to reach for the stars, to become whatever they want to be.
SUN - A world premiere, SUN is a seven-metre diameter suspended sphere, presenting astrophysical data from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory in stunning 360°. SUN displays several months in the life of our closest star but in tens of minutes of real time.
Art Is Your Human Right - Patrick Brill, aka Bob and Roberta Smith makes polemical artworks about the democratic importance of art and most recently campaigning for better art education.
Tiffany Umbrellas - The Tiffany Delights road section, originally designed in 1999 by Graham Ogden, reimagined to illuminate 16 umbrellas.
Stained Glass - Originally part of the Leaded Lights Road Section, designed by Graham Ogden in 2004
Gaia - a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet on this scale, floating in three-dimensions.
Graffiti Rock – Created as part of the inaugural FAM festival 2019, graffiti artist Mozza was inspired to create these two giant sticks of rock.
Tunnel of Light – a family-friendly immersive walk-through sculptural tunnel of light.
Portrait of Self - a deliberately and stylishly surreal statement that suggests that the self-revelatory image of a self-portrait is not always as honest as it seems.
Emotisphere – Lightpool Festival goes "interactive" as we blend the fabulous historic tradition of a Blackpool style seaside amusement fun machine with the latest RGB led technology using our amazing "Mood ball".
Lightpool Festival is proud to be part of the Light up the North partnership. This is a network of light festivals taking place in cities across the North of England.