Bradford light show dimmed by technical hitches - but hopes for Thursday night (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford light show dimmed by technical hitches - but hopes for Thursday night
12:10am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A gigantic light and water-based art installation at Bradford’s City Park fell flat last night.
The award-winning venue was due to be transformed into an ever-changing artwork entitled A Mirrored Pool of Thought.
When the sun went down, eight powerful video projectors were supposed to beam down into City Park’s 4,000 square metre Mirror Pool and create the illusion of a giant pond filled with enormous, multi-coloured koi carp.
But the 150 or so people who had gathered to watch were left to with just a glimpse of the illusion as a number of “technical issues” led to the project being postponed until tonight.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture, said: “I am really gutted about it.
“This has never been done anywhere in the world before, with these massive projectors and scaffolding, and it has not come together right for them.”
Coun Hinchcliffe said that the artist had trialled the project before and that he was gutted by last night’s outcome.
And she said he assured her the show would go ahead tonight at dusk.
Construction of the scaffolding and equipment to carry out the illusion was not complete when people gathered at City Park at 7pm.
Young children were delighted, however, when two of the projectors beamed koi carp onto a small section of the Mirror Pool, giving a taste of what’s to come.
The youngsters danced around to the beat of a lone drummer, whose sound created a carnival atmosphere.
But by 8.15pm it was clear the full illusion wasn’t going ahead.
Bradford-based international artist duo ADEPT – Shanaz Gulzar and Steve Manthorp – are behind the project. Their installation has been specifically created for City Park and reflects on the things that disturb the tranquility of our everyday lives such as time, love and loss.
Co-creator Miss Gulzar said: “We wanted to create something which would challenge us both conceptually and technically, to do justice to the Mirror Pool and what it has come to represent to all Bradfordians.
“That body of water encourages reflection and play. We wanted our art work to do the same.”
A Mirrored Pool of Thought will run from dusk to 11pm, from October 10 to 13.
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