Light trail brings festive sparkle

LeedsBIDs Christmas in Leeds Campaign, SPIRIT hovers above commuters as they progress through the railway station. The ethereal figure will shine a festive light as people rush and hurry through the season. NEWSUBSTANCE have created SPIRIT, a structure that will house 3,000 LED lights, use 10km of coloured string, it is 5 metres above the concourse and overall span is 24m x 14m. NEWSUBSTANCE are a UK studio specialising in dramatic, bespoke performance structures and have created pieces for Take That, Mumford & Sons and even the Beijing Olympics. .
17 November 2016.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

LeedsBIDs Christmas in Leeds Campaign, SPIRIT hovers above commuters as they progress through the railway station. The ethereal figure will shine a festive light as people rush and hurry through the season. NEWSUBSTANCE have created SPIRIT, a structure that will house 3,000 LED lights, use 10km of coloured string, it is 5 metres above the concourse and overall span is 24m x 14m. NEWSUBSTANCE are a UK studio specialising in dramatic, bespoke performance structures and have created pieces for Take That, Mumford & Sons and even the Beijing Olympics. . 17 November 2016. Picture Bruce Rollinson

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An unprecedented art and light trail is set to bring extra sparkle to Leeds over the festive season.

From tomorrow, 15 unique installations are in place at various locations around the city from the Corn Exchange to Trinity Church and Santa’s Christmas Post Office at the Merrion Centre.

One of the more spectacular installations is a 3000 lights, 24 metre ethereal figure floating above passengers making their commute through the station.

The project has been devised by Welcome To Leeds in conjunction with commissioned artists and key partners within the city.

Andrew Cooper, Leeds BID chief executive said: “We hope the trail provides an added element for people to come to Leeds this Christmas - to stay, shop, explore and enjoy the city.”

Bold asymmetric shapes and textural interplay from Josie Partridge at Leeds College of Art.

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