The beacons

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.