Lighting up Lewes – LewesLight – Festival of Light 2015

Light up lewesLast week saw the inaugural Lewes Light Festival in East Sussex, as a celebration of light and lighting through culture, design, art, science and the environment. The event brought together a collection of like-minded people and organisations to honour the 2015 UNESCO Year of Light.

The Nulty team has strong roots in Sussex so was delighted to take part in the festival and create three impressive light installations for the event. With a hand from the students at South Downs College we helped paint the town with light, transforming Linklater Pavilion, Harvey’s Brewery and Pells Pool.

The Linklater Pavilion, home to The Railway Land Wildlife Trust, formed the hub of the festival housing a programme of talks throughout the event. The approach to this eco building had to be eye catching and welcoming for visitors, so we created a reflective sculpture around the spiral staircase using autumnal colours to complement the environment. We uplit surrounding trees and guided visitors from the street through to the Pavilion by lining the route with hundreds of glowing paper lanterns.

Harvey’s Brewery and its prominent chimney form an iconic view of Lewes and our approach was to celebrate the architectural details of this historic building. By using focused lighting and a variety of tones from white through to amber, we showcased and highlighted the different materials used within the structure. A theatrical green filter was used to back light the windows, which represented the colour of the hops inside and created a majestic scene when walking into the town.

Pells pool is the oldest documented public freshwater pool and was the real swansong of the event. The local Lewes swans had some new neighbours in the form of our life-size illuminated paper swans; floating gracefully on the water they took centre stage in this unique space that we framed with a vibrant cool blue light.

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