Leicester city centre will be lit up with some extraordinary illuminated artworks this week, as part of a new international festival.
Light Up Leicester will offer a digital take on traditional light festivals, with each of the seven large-scale installations interacting with people through sound or sensors, reacting to light, temperature or humidity levels, or responding to data.
Four of the artworks have already enjoyed success in the UK and beyond, but three of the pieces have been specially commissioned for the Light Up Leicester festival.
Shadowdance, an interactive installation in Green Dragon Square, will transform people’s shadows into gigantic colourful silhouettes; Unexpected Connection will bring people together in an interactive LED tunnel in Jubilee Square; and Leicester-based Mateus Domingo has created a matrix of lights for Leicester Market. The artwork, Traces, will capture visitors’ ‘traces’, allowing them to leave their own mark on the illuminations.
Wave-Field will bring eight illuminated see-saws, that are activated when people play on them, to Humbersone Gate; while Youth Culture, a three metre high interactive sculpture, will be installed in Orton Square.
Silver Street will host Shoefiti, a playful display of dangling LED trainers; and St Peter’s Square at Highcross will be transformed with 500 points of lights and 500 voices, as part of an immersive artwork called Wave.
Together, the seven installations will create a night-time spectacle in Leicester city centre that will be free for everyone to enjoy.
When: 5th – 8th March 2020
Where: Leicester city centre
More info: www.visitleicester.info