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Ocean Inspired Light Installations

Thursday, February 15

Captivating light installations that show off the scale and wonder of the oceans will appear in the city centre this half term.

Three artworks that each tell a story about the ocean and Plymouth’s connection to it will go on display during half term from 15-17 February. They include:

  • Stunning illustrations that appear spectacular under UV light after dark and show off the diversity of our marine life.
  • Sculptures that echo the appearance of tiny plankton, the building blocks of life under the seas. The work by artist Iona Scott invites you to learn more about the importance of phytoplankton through visual experiences.
  • Future Meadows – an immersive artwork that celebrates seagrass using sculpture, light, and augmented reality (AR). Seagrass is crucial in the fight against the climate crisis and people will be able to explore and interact with the meadows of this underwater grass that exists on the bed of Plymouth Sound using AR on mobile devices.

Each artwork will be positioned in Plymouth’s Civic Square – surrounded by buildings woven into the city’s history. The installations have been designed to evoke that heritage while echoing our historic connection to the seas, and how we approach our public spaces and marine heritage in the future.

The team from Plymouth Sound National Marine Park will also be on hand to chat with their own display and will be joined by the RNLI on Friday, 16 February, ahead of the charity’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

And on Thursday and Friday from 4-6pm, children can get involved with free craft activities and make their own ‘flying fish’ artwork to take home.

The pop-up installation’s light, sound and augmented reality will bring these conversations to life in the middle of Plymouth’s High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) conservation area.

They have been commissioned by Plymouth Culture, the city’s support agency for the creative and cultural sector, in partnership with Plymouth Sound National Marine Park and Plymouth City Centre Company with funding from Historic England’s HAZ programme.

Upcoming events

Monday, February 26
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MIRROR presents a solo exhibition by Cornwall based artist Ben Sanderson as part of South West Showcase 2024.
Tuesday, February 27
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In 1755, the impoverished Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to conquer the uninhabitable Danish heath in the name of the King.
Tuesday, February 27
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Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Under the Skin) offers his most ambitious film yet, displacing the usual tropes of the Holocaust drama to depict the pampered life of executioners.
Wednesday, February 28
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In 1755, the impoverished Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to conquer the uninhabitable Danish heath in the name of the King.

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