Light Art Festivals: a creative, magical and enchanting experience for those lucky enough to visit and immerse themselves in a world of sculpture and light. We find them across the globe, in celebration of light as a modern medium of art.
Studiotech were lucky enough to meet some clients for a walk around our local event – Lightwaves; an annual interactive light festival presented at Salford Quays, home to MediaCityUK. Each December, the event attracts more than 400,000 visitors to explore a trail of illuminated installations that animate and transform the outdoor surroundings.
The festival is known for its support of international artists alongside local and emerging talent.
Studiotech were thrilled to immerse ourselves in the world of light, art, sculpture, sound and interactivity. It’s what we love and what we do daily, but it never gets old!
From a mesmerising water ballet of robotic swans ‘Cygnus’ to an illuminated, interactive musical instrument ‘Illumaphonium’, the sculptures at the exhibition did not disappoint.
However, we can’t quite say the same for the weather, unfortunately we visited during the tail end of Storm Barra! We didn’t get to see the dramatic floating earth centrepiece by Luke Jerram due to health and safety reasons and we may have had a (little) moan, but we couldn’t have asked for more stunning reflections created by mother nature! As we journeyed through ‘Hive Mind’, a 3D printed sustainably sourced light tunnel by third year Backstage Academy students, the ripples of light reflected from the Manchester bee inspired honeycomb danced in the puddles below.
Whilst Lightwaves was the last light art festival in 2021, Canary Wharf Winter Lights returns for its 7th year running. Will you be there?