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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Hello Perthlings: Light Fantastic, Perth Concert Hall.

woooo look at all the pretty lights
more pretty lights
From 'The Times'.....

WHEN villagers saw strange, unexplained lights far off in the distance last weekend they started to call police in their dozens, fearful that UFOs had arrived. The spectacular display over Perth provoked panic 30 miles away in the Fife villages of Lochgelly and Kinglassie where locals watched intricate beams and patterns dance through the night sky.

In fact there was a much more down to earth explanation for the panic — the lights were part of a show to mark the local launch of Perth’s new £20 million concert hall. Clear atmospheric conditions meant that the searchlight performance, created by the artist Simon Wilkinson, could be seen for miles.

There is, however, something of the spaceship about the Fair City’s dramatic glass and copper landmark, which has its gala opening concert tonight.

Read more of the Times Article....


From the ald website.....

'Light Fantastic was an 8 night long search light installation commisioned by Horsecross to mark the opening of the new Perth Concert Hall. 10 search lights were arranged around the rooftop of the new building, and ran a programmed show of movements and colour changes, which varied to reflect the events occuring in the concert hall that night.

The display was visible from nearly 30 miles away, and was widely reported in the Scottish press, with articles and/or images appearing in The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, The Times, The Sun ect, ect'

Read more and see the photogallery at the Association of Lighting Designers website.


And what is this to all to do with Suffolk and the Scribblers - well Ill be honest not much - Simon Wilkinson is my Sisters' Boyfriend and Im just been blown away by all this and thought it would be of interest to some of you. Its been great hearing all the gossip about this - Simon had to get Air Traffic Control to close part of Scotlands Airspace to get permision to test the installation. Feel a bit guilty in a way popping it up here - but thought about it all day and thought youd all enjoy the dazzling photograhps.

UPDATE 4.10.05 Pics may be unavailable for a while - Im on my way out too meeting so Ill look into it when I get back in. SORRY :-)

UPDATE 7.10.05 Pics seem to be back - wonder what happened there?

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005 12:20:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, must have been a fantastic sight! Would love to have been there to see it.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 5:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Dave said...

What a terrific subject for a homework assignment! War of the Worlds mark 2 no doubt!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 6:08:00 pm  
Anonymous Tim said...

They obviously didn't stop to consider either the distraction caused to drivers coming round the corners M90 to be confronted with the mess, or the unforgiveable intrusion into the skies for local astronomers, did they?

http://www.dark-skies.org/

Thursday, October 06, 2005 8:21:00 pm  
Anonymous Dave said...

They certainly didn't Tim, but thanks for the comment - another possible plot for our writers.

Thursday, October 06, 2005 10:49:00 pm  
Anonymous Humbled Alex said...

Well...

to be honest Tim makes a good point and I hate light pollution - here on the Suffolk coast we're both lucky and blighted as we are on a borderline between areas of massive light pollution and areas of relative freedom from light pollution - which in a way makes us realise quite how much an effect light pollution has.

Ive also driven the M90 and it turns in a tight shape around Perth and I do realise quite the effect this could have had on drivers.

Hmmm - a very intersting point - it was only for 6 days though.

Friday, October 07, 2005 12:21:00 am  
Anonymous Tim said...

Indeed. I remember well coming up here for a holiday last August, walking across the Smeaton bridge over the Tay on the east side of town, being amazed at just how clear the skies were - could make out the milky way. I'd say it's not that it was only 6 days but rather the fact those nights were all cloudy that was their saving grace. It was also a time of heightened aurora alert, just to get me even more cheesed-off.

Friday, October 07, 2005 10:40:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What bores!!!

Friday, October 07, 2005 7:10:00 pm  
Anonymous mel said...

It takes one to know one

Saturday, October 08, 2005 12:01:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Explanation to Mel -What I meant by, 'What bores' was at the people who did not approve of the light effects.
But perhaps you're boring yourself, bit like a flat fart...

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 5:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel said...Yes I whiff a fair bit!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 5:14:00 pm  
Anonymous Mel said...

Mel actually says

But not half as much as you

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 10:39:00 pm  

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