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30,000 flock to Bradford's new light show in city centre
An array of huge light sculptures in Bradford’s City Park are proving popular and have attracted about 30,000 people in the three nights since the event began on Friday.
Bradford Council, which has organised the Garden of Light, has estimated the number that have to marvel at the light installations in the six-acre park.
Saturday evening was particularly busy with 12,500 people enjoying the illuminated garden and street theatre.
The event is also attracting a broad range of people, according to the authority, from families with very young children, teenagers and the elderly, have all flocked to the outdoor event.
In addition the outdoor seating area next to the light sculptures is proving very popular with hundreds of people dining out on takeaway food from businesses and their special menus.
The Garden of Light features 24 light sculptures, some of which are over 11 metres tall. The installations are the brainchild of French master light artists, TILT, who combine LED, fibre-optic, tungsten and fluorescent lights with modern and recycled materials to produce subtle, dreamlike atmospheres.
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, the Council’s portfolio holder for employment, skills and culture, said the authority was extremely pleased with the success of the event.
She said: “We are delighted that Garden of Light is proving so popular.
“TILT and Council officers have worked very hard to make this happen so it's particularly pleasing to see local people making the most of it.
“The installations clearly have a very broad appeal and it's encouraging to see such a wide range of people enjoying them.
“City Park is already generating economic benefits.”
The latest figures come after the Council revealed last month that electronic footfall counters installed around City Park had recorded an average of nearly 100,000 visitors a week throughout July and August.
The Park was officially opened in March and its final costs are still unknown, although the Council has said it expects this to be close to the original estimate of £24.5 million. It features a mirror pool and 100 fountains.
Garden of Light runs from dusk to around 10pm every night until October 14.