Glittering Shambles, spooky shadows and neon birds: Illuminating York 2015 on video and in pix

Shambles disco! The amazing site of glitterballs illuminating the ancient cobbled street. Photographs: Richard McDougall
27 Oct 2015 @ 9.58 pm
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Shambles disco! The amazing site of glitterballs illuminating the ancient cobbled street. Photographs: Richard McDougall
Shambles disco! The amazing site of glitterballs illuminating the ancient cobbled street. Photographs: Richard McDougall

Illuminating York

Oct 28-31

Illuminating York website

Ghosts of Shambles, put on your dancing shoes. The medieval home has been transformed into a Seventies disco and is ready to party!

For the next four nights (October 28-31) the old buildings are decorated with ten thousand sparks of light from a series of glitter balls suspended high above the cobbles.

Called Share The Revolution (by Freshwest – Marcus Beck & Simon Macro) this installation is likely to be a favourite of visitors to this year’s Illuminating York.

You and your shadow

The tenth festival of light also has its unsettling side. Shadowing (Jonathan Chomko & Matthew Rosier) sees people walk through a pool of light – only to see their shadows follow seconds later. A perfectly ghostly encounter in this spookiest of weeks.

In the passageway alongside the Mansion House, Flown (Esther Rolinson) is a cloud of light created from gently moving interlocking shapes.

While Illuminati Botanica (presented by Trophic Cascade with works by Jony Easterby, Ulf Pederson & Mark Anderson) brings new meaning to the colours of nature.

Neon birds take flight, while psychedelically bright flowers spin before your eyes…

Shambles

Ancient and (almost) modern
Ancient and (almost) modern
Light fantastic… Photograph: Anthony Chappel-Ross
Light fantastic… Photograph: Anthony Chappel-Ross
A remarkable lightshow
A remarkable lightshow
Suspend your disbelief
Suspend your disbelief
Don't worry, they are securely fixed to Shambles
Don’t worry, they are securely fixed to Shambles

St Helen’s Square

A figure and her shadow in St Helen's Square…
A figure and her shadow in St Helen’s Square…
…and the shadows go off on their own
…and the shadows go off on their own
Flown – the installation next to York's Mansion House
Flown – the installation next to York’s Mansion House
Turning a different shade
Turning a different shade

Museum Gardens

Flowers reimagined in Museum Gardens
Flowers reimagined in Museum Gardens
Watching the garden grow
Watching the garden grow
Stepping out. Photograph: Anthony Chappel-Ross
Stepping out. Photograph: Anthony Chappel-Ross
More flower power
More flower power
A blue bird takes flight in the park
A blue bird takes flight in the park
Shadows on the stones. Photograph: Anthony Chappel-Ross
Shadows on the stones. Photograph: Anthony Chappel-Ross
A shadowy scene at the abbey ruins in Museum Gardens
A shadowy scene at the abbey ruins in Museum Gardens