What is it?
There is something special being planned for the opening night of the Bath Christmas Market this year. Crowds will be treated to Transient Graffiti, a unique community development animation project which will interact with two of Bath’s iconic buildings, the Bath Abbey and the Holburne Museum, to bring their facades to life. Spectators can expect to see a dazzling display of animated illustration projected onto the buildings, which explores their immense histories and depicts their inner workings.
The content for the projections is being produced by three local community groups in conjunction with award-winning digital media company, Suited and Booted CIC. Animators Elle Farnham and BAFTA award winner Emma Lazenby have been hosting workshops with the Holburne Association of Homeless Artists, Action On Hearing Loss Educational Day Services and Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Radstock Youth Hub to design and produce the final animations.
Elle Farnham said: “The participants are over the moon that their work will be showcased on such a grand scale. This is the first time the Bath Abbey has ever had animations projected onto its facade so we are looking forward to an historic occasion. I can’t reveal exactly what the animations will entail but I can promise that audiences are in for a treat.”
The use of visual mapping techniques ensures the projections align with key features on the buildings, like the windows, doors and even the sculptural work on the Bath Abbey. The animations will bring these features to life with the style of illustration adding a touch of abstract flair to the spectacle.