Interactive light installation for College Green

Bristol City Centre BID brought an innovative interactive light installation to College during December, in collaboration with local creatives.

“Cityscape” is an interactive light installation conceived, designed and made in Bristol. It offered locals and visitors alike something different to engage with over the Christmas and New Year period.

Visitors were able to create their own unique sensory experience,  mirroring the thriving creativity of Park Street and the wider city centre area. Using nine wooden sculptures designed to mimic a cityscape, ranging in height and shape, each visitor created their own story as they walked beneath the installation. The visitors themselves formed a crucial part of this piece, with each sculpture featuring a motion sensor light bar that reacted to the visitor moving through it, creating a record of each person’s movement across the Green. The sculpture replicated the path that the previous person took, leaving an imprint of their visit.

The installation was created with a view to maximise the city’s outdoor spaces which can often be overlooked in the Winter months, showcasing them as places full of creative potential. By playing with light in an original, immersive way College Green gained a new winter identity, and the installation aimed to attract people to congregate and make more use of College Green at this time of year.

Speaking about the installation Keith Rundle from Bristol City Centre BID said:

“This is the first time College Green has been transformed during the winter months in this way. We’re grateful to Bristol Cathedral and to the city council for allowing this exciting project to take pride of place on College Green. We hope it will bring light and fun for everyone in our city to enjoy through December.”

The project was created as a collaboration between Bristol creatives The Photon Factory, Team Love and Shape Studio. Each brought a different skill to the project: The Photon Factory conceptualised and created this installation and designed the motion sensor lighting system; Shape Studio worked to fabricate and build the project, focusing on attention to detail and future proofing the design; and Team Love specialise in festival and event production and oversaw the project; they will also oversee the touring life of the project after Christmas 2018.



Image: Cityscape 2018 – College Green by Chris Cooper