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“Luminations” shining bright on an international stage

1:28 pm, Monday, 13th February 2023 - 1 year ago


Cleethorpes’ wonderful light installation “Luminations” is competing on an international stage for a prestigious d[arc] award.

The awards celebrate the best in lighting concepts delivered in the past year, whether through art installations, such as Luminations, or through the lighting of spaces, places, structures and events.

The installation will compete with 19 other submissions from across the globe to take the title of Best Light Art Scheme for 2022, showcasing the best art temporary or permanent installation using light at its main medium.

Other UK art submissions in the same category include the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Drone Show, “Superbloom” at the Tower of London, and “Lux Automata”, an AI driven sculpture using LED cubes at Deepmind in London.

Cllr Tom Furneaux, Cabinet member for Culture, said, “To be shortlisted for this is such an achievement in itself, and I must congratulate Esther who designed the artwork and all who were involved in the delivery of the installation. The lights on the North Prom make such a difference to the area, helping to make it a welcome space for our visitors and local people. To have this internationally recognised is absolutely fantastic!”

Luminations is a 500-metre animated light installation that sweeps along the North Promenade in Cleethorpes. Designed by award-winning visual artist, Esther Rolinson, the Luminations softly roll along with bursts of exhilarating light.

It was constructed in collaboration with architectural lighting specialists The Lightlab, and is active every day from before sunset until midnight and then from before dawn until sunrise.

Created as a site-specific installation, visitors to Cleethorpes North Promenade will be able to experience this stunning, conceptually evocative lightwork as they walk by the sea or sit looking out over the expansive bay leading out onto the Humber estuary and the North Sea.

“Luminations is about that instant when you are on the big dipper and gravity loses its grip on you, when for a moment you are released from you cares. It is a celebration of those ecstatic feelings of freedom that dwell somewhere inside all of us,” said Esther Rolinson.

“It has been fantastic working The Light Lab and the council to achieve this work, everyone involved went that extra mile to make it happen.” It went live on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2022 when the full, complete, piece emerged for the first time revealing the striking impact that Luminations has on its environment.

“Whilst a structural artwork in its own right,” continued Esther, “Luminations really comes alive with the movement created through the interaction between the two lines of light, with animations providing a fresh approach to the programming and lending the lit effect a unique feel, movement and sense of calm that embed it within the seaside location.”

The artwork was the final piece of public art for the North Prom, paid for through the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF). Other pieces already in place are the exercise furniture, created by Freshwest, and the shutter art, created by several different artists, visible on many premises on the North Prom.

The £3.8m CCF, secured by COASTNEL with the support of the Council, also funded a raft of public realm improvements across the resort in the last few years.

The awards are a unique concept utilising arc and darc magazines’ reputation as being the most widely read and respected lighting design publications in the world, and delivered in collaboration with creative consultants Light Collective.

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