January 26, 2012 Anthony

Illuminate Bath 2012 First Night.

Anthony Head, Creative Director responds to the opening night of Illuminate Bath.

After a year of planning and preparation, with the involvement of over 200 people, we finally launched the Illumiante Bath 2012, on Wednesday. Already, thousands of people have seen the installations and projections.

Photo by Andy Welsher, illustration by Simon Spilsbury.

Whole families joining in the atmosphere created by poets led by Anna Freeman with Simon Spilsbury illustrating their poems on Illumination live on the Pump Rooms wall. An amazing sight and experience. Every night on this wall promises to be different.

Photo by Anthony Head, performing poets with illustration by Simon Spilsbury.

The night featured three films by Petra Freeman and Tim Rolt, with children from St Saviours Junior School in Bath, shown on the building on the corner of Stall Street and Bath Street.

Picture by Andy Welsher of a part of Let the Games Commence by Petra Freeman and Tim Rolt.

Clockwork City launched too, Greyworld’s project featuring five keys for the audience to find out the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. Three of the keys operate Bath Spa University student projects. Light Grills is surprising the audience with smoke and light.

Picture by Andy Welsher of Light Grills by Frances Jones, Joanne Wheeler and Enlightened Lighting and a Clockwork City key by Greyworld.

Catch Me Now, by Tine Bech with Tarim, was enthralling passers by of the Abbey. The spotlight dancing around and making everyone play with it. It’s going to be on 24 hours a day!

Picture by Andy Welsher of Catch Me Now.

And the mesmerising Phonebox by Pinn Bunyapana and Tom Wells, lit up by the turning of another Greyworld, Clockwork City key.

Photo by Andy Welsher of Phonebox

Thursday will see Frequency by Lumen, OCD, Alex Cotterell and Will Kendrick, in the Roman Baths, with free entry to the balcony area from the rear entrance to the complex in Kingston Parade.

Photo by Anthony Head of Frequency

So put your coats on and come along and see the festival over the next three nights. With the last night on Saturday, make sure you don’t miss it! Starts at 5pm, finishes at 8pm.

 

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