Bristol Light Festival: two new installations revealed

Two more dazzling installations have been announced for Bristol Light Festival

The Bristol Light Festival will be shining a light on the city from this Friday 2 February til Sunday 11th February, with more spectacular installations set to dazzle and delight. 

The annual festival celebrating light and art is set to offer 10 days of interactive and immersive light installations, which will be illuminated every evening between 5-10pm. 

Two new installations

The final two installations are designed to respond to their locations. One is set to adorn one of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks; the other is a bold statement of what Bristolians already know – that coming to Bristol isalways a good idea. 

The Unfolding

The ruins of Temple Church will be magically illuminated in this new work for Bristol Light Festival, set to a soundtrack of the title track from Mercury and Emmy-nominated Hannah Peel’s No. 1 Classical Chart Album, and Bristol-based Paraorchestra. 

With a lighting team led by Alex Keighley from industry-leading events company, SLX, The Unfolding will invite audiences to look up into the space above them. The soundscape by Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra will create ameditative experience, while onlookers watch beams of light gently move to the music, to reveal a canopy above them, bringing the building, which is cared for by the charity English Heritage, to life through light.

Katherine Jewkes said: “The Unfolding will be a multi-sensory experience leaving visitors feeling serene, offering a moment of peace and reflection. Each of the installations at this year’s festival are selected to conjure a different feeling for visitors, or to invite a different reaction. 

“While many of the pieces are bolder and louder in their approach to light, The Unfolding contrasts this, using multiple senses to create a calmer atmosphere in an otherwise vivid experience.” 

The Unfolding sketch

Alex Keighley, SLX said: “The Unfolding is going to be a spectacular addition to Bristol Light Festival. One of the big inspirations behind the lighting and design of the installation was Temple Church and the Templar era of this sacred site, so we’ve included in the design-projected circles that were made popular during this time. The venue is so inspiring, and as we are a Bristol-based company, it’s great to be doing something so special in our hometown and to be part of such an exciting event.”

Jonathan Harper, chief executive of Paraorchestra, said: “Paraorchestra is proud of its Bristol base and the relationship we have with audiences, artists and partners across the city… To hear Hannah Peel and Paraorchestra’s track The Unfolding recontextualised alongside this installation by Alex Keighley in the serenity of Temple Church ought to be a very special experience for visitors to the Bristol Light Festival.”

Bristol is always a Good Idea 

Bristol is always a Good Idea is inspired by the work of Dave Buonaguidi, better known as Real Hackney Dave. Dave, a Hackney-based artist, combines the visual and verbal language of advertising and propaganda with unique imagery and materials to create predominantly language-based pieces of art. 

The phrase ‘Bristol is always a Good Idea’ invites visitors as well as residents into the city centre, to engage with the streets in a new way. This artwork was inspired by his ‘Good Idea’ Print series featuring the phrase which will now be scaled up and brought to life in huge, eye-catching pink text.

Adventure is always a good idea

Dave Buonaguidi said: “I love making ideas that are active rather than passive and I often explore the relationship that we have with locations to create extra emotional traction.

Screen printing my pink typography onto vintage maps is great fun but I really get excited about bringing the idea to life, in the real world, with huge letters. I have always loved Bristol and the passion that people who live there have for their hometown, so being part of a project that celebrates that is very exciting.”

Those crossing Valentine Bridge at Temple Quay will be reminded that “Bristol is always a Good Idea,” thanks to the work of Real Hackney Dave, inspired by the iconic ‘Good Idea’ print series. 

Additional installations include:
Emergence by This is Loop – Broadmead
Broadmead will be taken over by a huge mirrored structure, which is completely reflective, to provide attendees with a new perspective of a once-familiar space, and to provide a place of contemplation against the chaos of the outside world. 
Elysian by Atelier Sisu – Quakers Friars at Cabot Circus 
At Cabot Circus’ Quakers Friars visitors to the Bristol Light Festival will walk through and under giant inflatable arches, which combine art and architecture (better known as art-chitecture) to wow observers.
Swing Song by Tired Industries & Bristol Light Festival – Queen Square

Swing Song is back! Returning to Bristol on Queen Square this time, the six interactive swings will once again light up and play music as Bristolians and visitors to the city swing together to create a beautiful symphony. 
WildLight by BBC Studios & Bristol Light Festival – Finzels Reach
Finzels Reach will be showing its wild side, as animals escape TV screens into the area around Left Handed Giant,celebrating BBC’s Natural History Unit, which has been based in Bristol since 1957.’ As BBC studios hasn’t been around since 1957.

For more information, please visit Bristol Light Festival