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Magical garden to light up City Park, Bradford
7:00am Monday 1st October 2012 in News
Giant light sculptures will transform Bradford’s City Park into an enchanted illuminated garden from Friday.
Visitors will be able to see 24 sculptures, some of which will be more than 11 metres tall, taking the shape of lit-up green grass waving gently in the breeze.
Bradford Council has teamed up with French light artists TILT to cast magic in the city centre, with huge, wild dandelions bursting into life like exploding fireworks, while beautiful crimson trees will drip with shimmering dew drops.
Vertical shards of pure light will rain down from enormous white fronds and gigantic illuminated lilies will bloom into spectacular bouquets.
TILT will be using LED, fibre optic, tungsten and fluorescent lights with modern and recycled materials to produce the dazzling effect. They have produced similar light sculptures in Singapore, Geneva, Qatar and Bilbao.
The Council will also be creating an outdoor seating area within the Garden of Light and local businesses will offer special night-time menus so visitors can dine al fresco while soaking up the atmosphere of the light installations.
There will also be street theatre, featuring a fire walker and illuminated stilt walkers.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture said: “We are delighted to stage Garden of Light this autumn. The installations have caused a sensation in other European cities and I’m sure Bradford will be no exception.
“They create a magical atmosphere and I’m looking forward to seeing how they complement the illuminated fountains in City Park.
“This is a free event and everyone is welcome.”
Garden of Light will run from dusk to approximately 10pm every night from next Friday to October 14.