Light Trail - Arts by the Sea Festival, Bournemouth
Light Trail was created by Sutton Vane Associates for the opening night of Bournemouth’s 2012 Arts by The Sea Festival. It featured a series of intriguing light art installations for festival goers to discover along a route from the Town Square through the Lower Gardens and Pier Approach. The free outdoor event, for one night only, comprised of six artworks:
1. Vintage Light: A super-sized vintage lantern with space for people to sit inside. The exterior was upholstered with a decorative fabric back-illuminated with LEDs. Side emitting fibre-optics was used around the base as the ‘tassels’. The inside had a fibre optic star cloth and was used a reflective space by the public.
2. The Crystal: The crystal is made up of 180m of silver foil curtains hung from a tessellating triangular light weight structure between the trees. Inside the installation the shimmering effect of the curtains creates a powerful and unique experience where it is easy to become lost in the light.
3. River reeds: Lightweight LEDs powered by small batteries where specifically fabricated and connected to the riverbed and waved in the wind and currents. The use of black rods and nodes ensured that the light floated effortlessly above the river.
4. AUCB at the Underpass: A light and sound installation between the pillars of the underpass connecting the gardens to the pier; light was projected on to a visual wrap in time with music turning an empty space into a tangible event.
5. Flip Book: Temporary coloured lighting animated against translucent graphics within the upstairs of the Camera Obscura Cafe.
6. Temporary coloured lighting was added to surrounding soft landscaping features to give a special feeling to the park during the night.
Sutton Vane Associates collaborated with the Arts University College Bournemouth (AUCB) by encouraging participation and involvement. A huge amount of lighting equipment was kindly donated by many manufacturers including; ACDC, Crescent Lighting, Mike Stoane Lighting, Phillips, Traxon, Universal Fibre Optics. Upholstery was provided by Something Fine.
The event was a huge success with several thousand visitors making the journey in the evening to celebrate the opening night.
Daniel Van Der Poll
Photographers and Film Footage
Bournemouth Borough Council, Street Lighting Team
Special Thanks to:
Mike Stoane Lighting
Universal Fibre Optics
Arts University College of Bournemouth (AUCB)