January 27, 2012 Anthony

Day two of Illuminate Bath, roll on day three.

Anthony Head, Creative Director of Illuminate Bath, writes his not quite unbiased roundup of last nights events.

The second evening of the festival is over and the illuminations are all tidied away for the night. It was cold and damp but beautiful and exciting for the thousands of people who didn’t let the rain stop their enjoyment in the first hour. Well actually I think many people waited for it to stop. Clever thinking, people of and visitors to Bath. Give yourselves a pat on the back. Anyway, it looks as though the weather will stay just about dry for the final two days, so don’t miss out. See us from 5-8pm, Friday and Saturday.

A few highlights of what went on. In the shimmering light that reflected on the wet paving stones, students Will Harvey, Tess Redburn, Eliot Wyatt and John Chapman illustrated the Stall street wall of the Roman Baths with unique and individual ideas. For Friday it’s Tim Vyner’s turn to illustrate the wall, with his glorious Olympic themed observations.

Tess Redburn’s stenciled design. Photo by Anthony Head

The Pulse wall included time lapse photography by Joe Brown and Russell Cuffe of the previous night, including Simon Spilsbury’s illustrations. I’ll get a link put here as soon as they’re online. There was also a new film added to the Pulse list – Building Blocks, that took elements of Bath’s architecture and the River Avon, chopped up and reassembled.

Building blocks. OK then, it’s one of mine. And the photos too.

Catch Me Now, by Tine Bech is really shining and enticing people to play on the corner of Bath Abbey. Children have been jumping on the spotlight and so have the adults. Go on, you know you want to!

Photos of Catch Me Now by Tine Bech. You can see more her website.

Frequency was shown tonight, by Will Kendrick, Lumen, OCD and Alex Cotterell. A large queue of people gathered, eagerly awaiting the visual and audio feast of mood and light that fills up the Great Bath in the Roman Baths complex. And they got it. Steam rising and glowing under the projected light, colour and imagery by the artists. Well over a thousand people saw this work. Your last chance to see it is tonight, Friday, so don’t miss it. Free entry to the balcony area of the Roman Baths from the rear entrance in Kingston parade.

Photos of Frequency by Joe Brown.

So that’s just some of the events going on at Illuminate Bath. There are more, of course, and photographs will no doubt be appearing all over social media sights. So if you can’t get here, do take a look. If you can get here, between 5-8pm until Saturday, then you can take your own pictures.


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Illuminate 2015 is organised by Bath Spa University