Plymouth’s incredible light based festival is back this week for its third year, and it’s the biggest yet.
This year, the four day event opens Mayflower 400’s commemoration, which marks 400 years since the Mayflower’s voyage from Plymouth.
While Royal William Yard is where the main illuminations take place, audiences can view additional installation both on the Barbican and at Mount Edgecumbe, a first for 2019.
The free family event, which officially launches tonight with an extra special tribute to Mayflower 400, offered special guests and the media the chance to view early some of the spectacular illuminations audiences can expect to see.
Artists from all over the world include Spain, Canada and France are part of the festival, as well more local artists from the South West, Plymouth and Cornwall.
Immersive visual art, spectacular projections and interactive installations are set out around the venue, to wow audiences from far and wide.
The ‘Tree Of Memory’ is one of the main attractions, by Spanish artist Xavi Bone. Xavi is no stranger to the festival – he also exhibited at Illuminate in 2018 with ‘Visual Songs’.
The Tree Of Memory is a piece that uses projection mapping, light and synchronized music installation, all on the front of Royal William Yard’s Mills Bakery, making it impressive for all ages.
It was initially conceived to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the bombing in the City of Barcelona and depicts a tree growing from a seed to a fully developed tree.
Another of this years centrepieces is DIVA, by French artist Thomas Voillaume, who also exhibited at Illuminate 2018 with his artwork ‘Human’.
Diva is a 3.5m tall humanoid figure which is projection mapped and exhibited in the secret garden, and is certainly a spectacular sight.
‘Immersive’ is another standout, by French artist Jeremy Oury. It is a 360 degree projection mapping artwork, which creates a futurist virtual dimension immersive experience.
As well as some impressive visual pieces, there are also some interactive displays for all ages, which are also disability friendly.
These include ‘Illumaphonium’ – an interactive, multi-sensory, music making light installation and the first of its kind.
Participants can play the chimes with batons, and it is designed and tuned in such a way as to allow completely untrained members of the public of all ages and backgrounds a fun and rewarding musical experience.
The ‘Laser Halyard’ is by Cornwall based artist Greenwave Laset. The interactive design consists of a rope that runs along the quay which members ofhte public can pull on to interact and manipulate the laser images projected onto the adjacent tower.
Lastly, ‘Porthole to Plymouth’ is another standout, and new feature for 2019. To coincide with the onset of Mayflower 400, this unique, interactive light concept echoes the searching for a new world of some 400 years ago.
A digital porthole installation is based in RWY as well as Commerical Wharf on the Barbican, consisting of a screen that the audience can look through in one location and are beamed in real time to the other location.
The community focused project is culumination of hours of planning by organisers, artists students and volunteers that Plymouth can be proud of.
You can view all of our pictures from the event below.
Illuminate runs from 5:30pm tonight, every night until Sunday, 5:30-10pm.