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01/012017

The Beacons



HIGHCROSS LEICESTER TO WELCOME THE CITY'S FIRST INTERACTIVE DIGITAL LIGHT SCULPTURE

Highcross Leicester was pleased to announce back in March 2016 that it had been granted planning permission to install a new groundbreaking interactive digital light sculpture, in the centre of St Peter's Square.

Marking a significant first for a UK city, The Beacons, which comprise of a collection of seven digital columns, were commissioned to provide Highcross with an innovative piece of public artwork that would become a new landmark for the centre and the city, as well as providing customers and the local community with a fun and interactive installation that they can enjoy and engage with.

Each seven metre high column has digital screens on three of its four sides displaying a wide variety of images and animation including film footage from local events and community groups across the region and social media. 

The Beacons were completed in May 2016 you can watch the installation here.



The Beacons will help to bring to life key centre events by directly linking into Highcross Leicester's digital channels and allowing visitors a real time interactive experience.

Jo Tallack, General Manager of Highcross commented: " Highcross already plays an important role in the local community and the Beacons reaffirm the centre’s position by creating a new focal point not just for Highcross, but also for the whole of the city to enjoy and interact with."

The Beacons were finally revealed to a selection of invited guests from the community that helped make it happen.  Over 100 guests who took part enjoyed drink and nibbles from Chimichangas whilst they basked in their finished portraits being projected along side ambient content created for the The Beacons.  

Beacons

EXHIBITION DATES // 

21 AUGUST - 03 SEPTEMBER

VARIOUS LOCATIONS,

LEICESTER CITY CENTRE

Journeys Festival International present Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015 - 2016 by British Journal of Photography's International Photographer of the Year 2017, Daniel Castro Garcia. 

The award winning photography series will be exhibited large scale on buildings throughout Leicester City Centre - Look Up to discover the artworks.

Foreigner puts a face to the individuals caught up in the largest migrant movement since World War II. Visually striking, the portraits offer an emotional connection with those depicted, rather than the degrading imagery used by the mass media.

Journeys Festival International will be hosting a series of Art Walks that will share the stories of the subjects and the inspiration behind the photographs. 

ART WALKS

// SAT 19 AUGUST  11AM - 12 NOON 

// SAT 19  AUGUST 1PM - 2PM

// SUN 20 AUGUST 11AM

MEET AT LCB DEPOT, 31 RUTLAND STREET, LE1 1RE

Follow the art trail with arts educator Gina Mollet to learn about the stories behind the images and more about the artists. 

REGISTER for your free space by following the EventBrite link HERE>>.