1st September - 5th November 2017

LightPool Walk 2016

Town Center Illuminated Art

Lightpool town center art installation

Thanks to the Coastal Communities Fund, alongside further investment from Blackpool Council LightPool is back for 2016!

Free guided walking tours of the Illuminated Art installations around Blackpool Town center. Meet under ´ART´ at Bickerstaffe House FY1 3AH for a guided tour at 6pm and 9pm daily between 28th October and 2nd November 2016. Bickerstaffe House is point 3A on the Map, meet under the illuminated 'Art' sign.


Walking Tour – Art Installations

Blackpool Illuminations is not just on the promenade. In 2016 Blackpool Illuminations has expanded into the Town Center and become LightPool. The best way to see LightPool is via a guided walk. The spectacular walking route will feature more than 20 art works from local, national and international artists, inspired by Blackpool´s history and linking together its iconic buildings. There are 37 locations mapped out and the total route covers 4km.




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1. BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS

North Station FY1 2AB

Visitors to Blackpool North will be greeted with some favourite illuminations from the archive.

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2. LIGHT LESSONS
EMMA ALLEN (2016)

North Station Underpass
FY1 2AB

A group of diffracted beings will guide you through a darkened passage. New commission for LightPool 2016.

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3. ART IS YOUR HUMAN RIGHT
BOB AND ROBERTA SMITH (2016)

Bickerstaffe House, Ma Kelly’s North, Central Library, Clifton St, Viva Blackpool
FY1 2AB

Illuminated words hang at eye-catching locations around the town centre. Bob and Roberta Smith will also lead a public discussion on the power of art to drive social change on Fri 28 Oct. Commissioned by LeftCoast and Blackpool Illuminations for LightPool 2016. Supported by Coastal Communities Fund and Arts Council England.

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4. THE STORM
ITHACA VISUAL (2015)

Unit 2B, Bickerstaffe House
FY1 3AZ

Visit an intense, 16ft thundercloud created with over 6000 individual lights.

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5. SE7EN
BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS (2016)

Funny Girls
FY1 2AX

7 fixtures. 7 fittings. 7 beams. 7 colours. The Illuminations team work with the number seven to light one of the town’s standout art-deco buildings, formerly the Odeon Cinema and now home to Funny Girls, the town’s most glamorous, long-running show.

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6. LET’S PRETEND (LARGE)
TIM ETCHELLS (2014)

Grundy Art Gallery
FY1 1PU

Tim Etchells uses words to spark odd thoughts – what ‘this’ should we pretend to forget.

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7. BUMP
PREM SAHIB (2013)

Grundy Art Gallery
FY1 1PU

Hidden in plain sight, Bump suggests a hidden bar or club at the rear entrance of the Grundy.

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8. NEON: THE CHARGED LINE (EXHIBITION)

Grundy Art Gallery
FY1 1PU

Open til 7pm 28/29 Oct & 2 Nov, Open til 5pm on 30 Oct
The most extensive exhibition of neon-based artwork to have been held in the UK to date. Featuring some of the most iconic artists and artworks produced in the medium over the last 50 years including Tracey Emin, Joseph Kosuth and Gavin Turk.

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9. IN FLOW NO. 2
RONAN DEVLIN (2016)

Springfield Road
FY1 1QU

The façade of Springfield Road Market is transformed into a continuously modifying audio visual artwork modelled on atomic scale patterns. New for Ligthpool 2016 and supported by Arts Council of Wales.

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10. BROTHERS AND SISTERS
RON HASELDEN
(ONGOING, 2007-)

Art B&B Promenade
FY1 1RJ

More than 30 drawing of children, made with light, appear in the windows of the former New Ocean Hotel; including 3 new works by the children of Blackpool’s Revoe Academy. The building will soon open as an Art B&B, in a project led by LeftCoast.

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11. I WAITED
ELISA ARTESERO (2016)

Single Bench
FY1 1NE

A simple but heart-breaking response to the loneliest bench in town. New commission for LightPool 2016.

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12. FLUTED PYLONS
JO BERRY (2012)

Promenade
FY1 1NE

Jo Berry has reinterpreted five fluted pylons with themes taken from the Illuminations’ original 1930s collection.

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13. WHEN THE RED ROSE IN BLACKPOOL
STEVE MESSAM (2016)

Victorian Shelter, Cenotaph
FY1 1NE

Wrapping a piece of architectural heritage of this famous resort in a protective bubble, is artist Steve Messam’s playful and surreal celebration of Blackpool’s unique seaside heritage. Commissioned by Marketing Lancashire. #redrose

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14. FLOCK
LAURA PULLIG (2016)

Queen’s Square
FY1 1QU

A collection of illluminated windsocks, which together resemble the bahaviour of flocks of birds. Pullig worked with the residents of King Edward Ave in North Shore and seamster Joe Booth. Commissioned for LightPool 2016.

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15. PLENTY AND PROGRESS & WHAT USE IS LIFE WITHOUT PROGRESS
MARK TITCHNER (2016)

North Promenade & Town Hall
FY1 1RA

Two new works that reference ‘Progress’: Blackpool’s borough motto. Plenty and progress, inspired by Claudegen’s 1930s neon designs, illuminates Blackpool Town Hall - a symbol for development and prosperity. Nearby on popworld, What use is life without progress? reflects unreasonable pressures for self-improvement.

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16. IMAGINE PEACE
YOKO ONO

North Pier Billboard
FY1 1NE

Ono created IMAGINE PEACE in New York in 2001 in response to the World Trade Centre tragedy. The series, from one of the world’s leading contemporary artists and social activists, frames the intention behind the LightPool Festival to explore the themes of light, love and peace.

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17. IMAGINE PEACE: LOVE YOKO
YOKO ONO (2016)

North Pier Screen | 4 mins
FY1 1NE

IMAGINE PEACE (2016) is an update of Ono’s billboards reworked in film, created in conjunction with Art Production Fund and Times Square Arts in several versions from 2012 onwards. The film displays the words IMAGINE PEACE in 24 languages against a background of blue sky and clouds.

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18. USE IS LIFE WITHOUT PROGRESS
MARK TITCHNER (2016)

North Promenade & Town Hall
FY1 1RA

Two new works that reference ‘Progress’: Blackpool’s borough motto. Plenty and progress, inspired by Claudegen’s 1930s neon designs, illuminates Blackpool Town Hall - a symbol for development and prosperity. Nearby on popworld, What use is life without progress? reflects unreasonable pressures for self-improvement.

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19. GOODBYE COCO
MICHAEL TRAINOR (2004)

Old Jesuit Chapel, Sacred Heart Church
FY1 1LB

Never before seen in public, this is a coffin for a fictional clown bedecked with 540 programmed fairground lights, and made precisely to fit the artist himself. Whether the piece is sad or funny, is entirely up to you!

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20. PARTS OF A LIGHT HOUSE
YOKO ONO (1966)

Sacred Heart Church
FY1 1LB

This classic light art installation sits in the nave of Blackpool’s Sacred Heart Church, refracting light from its magnificent octagonal roof through tetrahedral prisms in kaleidoscopic shards to form a dazzlingly beautiful house made from beams of light, as per Ono’s original script.

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21. SALVAGE SIDESHOW
HANNAH FOX (2016)

Abingdon Street
FY1 1DE

Salvage Sideshow: a rusty, beaten up Punch and Judy booth stands dripping with water on the pavement. Commissioned for LightPool Festival.

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22. RUBY (2013) & SANTIAGO (2016)
EMMA ALLEN

Old Post Office
FY1 1DA

Ruby - animated self-portrait exploring the idea of rebirth and illustrating the transfer of energy from one incarnation to another. Santiago - animated self-portrait exploring human evolution and a projection of future. Are we now the bridge between the born and the made?

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23. WORKERS CANTEEN (BAR MLECZNY)
PAULINA OLOWSKA (2010)

Abingdon Street
FY1 1DE

First built in the 60s to advertise a milk bar in Warsaw, Olowska’s winking neon connects two places and two moments in time.

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24. PEACOCK
BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS

Coastal House
FY1 1DG

Peacock was created in the 1990s as a feature of the legendary Blackpool illuminations. Originally displayed as part of a four-piece tableau, it was saved when severe storm damage caused the original piece to be destroyed.

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25. VIRTUAL DJ: LIVE ON BRILLIANCE

Birley Street
FY1 1DU

Students from London Guildhall’s BA in Video Design for Live Performance imagine a DJ to add to the Brilliance arches. This partnership with LightPool is an example of how Blackpool can be a playground to test new light work.

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26. THE MUSICAL PERISCOPE
REACTIFY (2016)

NR Comedy Carpet
FY1 1AP

An immersive installation by Reactify, a unique music production company founded by London-based Yuli Levtov. In Blackpool for its UK premier.

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27. TOWER PROJECTIONS

Lightpool Village
FY1 5BB

4 x 9 min shows
Synthesising light as well as sound, state of the art video mapping technology will bring you a once in a lifetime experience. New for 2016 include commissions from Czech digital art collective The Macula, UK-based Projection Studio and a collaboration between Cecile Llewelyn-Bowen and her father, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Enjoy from the newly designed LightPool Village on the Comedy Carpet.

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28. BRAIN CONTAINER
JO BERRY (2014)

Victoria Street
FY1 4BJ

Lit, moving art made up of 36 cast acrylic discs, housed in a customised cargo container. Berry worked in collaboration with Dr. Lena Palaniyappan to create this series from neuro-imaging data used to understand mental illness. Sound by Angela Slater and poem by Morghan Nunn-Menson.

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29. THE STORIES UNDER OUR FEET
ELISA ARTESERO (2015)

Victoria Street
FY1 4TE

Newly interpreted for LightPool 2016, light and shadow poems magically emerge from underneath Blackpool’s Victoria Street benches.

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30. THE SPACEMAN
BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS

Victoria Street
FY1 4TE

Originally created in 1970, the year after the first moon-landings. The spaceman was re-engineered in 2012 as part of the centenary celebrations of Blackpool Illuminations.

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31. CATHEDRAL OF MIRRORS
MADS CHRISTENSEN (2015)

Winter Gardens
FY1 1HW

12 towering columns of light respond to movement, creating an immersive environment. From LA-based light artist Mads Christensen and commissioned by Quays Culture at MediaCityUK.

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32. ROUND GRADIENT REMIX
LIZ WEST (2016)

Winter Gardens
FY1 1HW

British artist Liz West transforms the iconic dome at the Winter Gardens, inspired by the principal of a spatial colour wheel and based on Isaac Newton’s first circular diagram of colour in 1666. Enabled in partnership with light manufacturer and innovator Lumenpulse. Commissioned for the LightPool Festival.

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33. POP MANDALA UMBRELLAS
BEN ALLEN (2016)

Winter Gardens Canopy
FY1 1HW

Influential pop, street and contemporary artist Ben Allen has reimagined gobo designs to illuminate 16 umbrellas to adorn the Winter Gardens façade. Commissioned for LightPool 2016.

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34. FINAL FLEET
NOMAD CLAN (2016)

King Street
FY1 3AD

The UK’s premier street art crew, Manchester-based duo Nomad Clan created this tribute to the once fruitful but now diminishing fishing industry in and around Blackpool and Fleetwood. Part of Sand, Sea and Spray, Blackpool’s celebration of urban art.

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35. ECHELLE
RON HASELDEN (2000)

St Johns Church
FY1 1BP

Originally commissioned for the Salisbury Festival, this iconic 10m neon ladder appears to be a stairway to heaven.