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Lightwaves Salford

Lightwaves Salford 2023

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Lightwaves Salford invites you to explore a trail of dramatic light art installations that animate and transform the waterside environment at Salford Quays and MediaCity. This year we’ll be celebrating our 10th Lightwaves with a trail of 15 illuminated works from established as well as emerging artists, both local, national and international, bringing a variety of different pieces; thought-provoking, surprising and playful.

We are offering free guided tours of this year’s festival, giving you the opportunity to learn about the inspiration behind the artworks and how they made their way to the Lightwaves’ programme. Tours are led by a member of the Quays Culture team and last 45 mins – 1 hour. Booking details and links are below:

1900, Friday 8th / BSL tourBOOK
1500, Saturday 9th / BSL tour of Julia and Axel followed by BSL tour or LightwavesBOOK
12:00 Saturday 9th / Artist TalkBOOK
1700, Saturday 9th / Public tourBOOK
1600, Sunday 10th / Public tourBOOK
1800, Sunday 10th / Public tour in MandarinBOOK
1.Cetus/wiser.turns.plates
2.Glow/pays.magic.track
3.Polyrhythms/worm.good.flip
4.One Way or Another/badly.finely.wounds
5.Valkyrie/alone.danger.scans
6.Night Big Bang/post.upset.timing
7.Fish Are Jumping/only.offer.indeed
8.Suraj/yours.watch.jumped
9.Nectary/beast.fishery.page
10.Through No.4/zone.script.friday
11.Crystal Flowers/late.fuels.late
12.Human Aquarium: Deep Water/candle.kick.sprint
13.Decade of Light/salt.lance.yarn
14.Pulse/task.herbs.indoor
15.Walk the Plank/fault.fans.atom

2023 Programme

Cetus Lightwaves 2023

CETUS or "the whale"
By Loomaland

CETUS is a spectacular 6 meter long underwater artwork inspired by whale sharks. Its life-like movements are cunningly real when its streamlined body is in motion; diving and resurfacing, just like a real whale.

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Polyrhythms

Polyrhythms
By Axolotl

A percussive soundtrack interacts with mesmerising glowing patterns of light, chasing round large concentric polygon structures representing various polyrhythmic beats.

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One Way or Another
By Tom Biddulph

A set of revised road signs giving humanity a shared direction for the future.

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Valkyrie
By Alison Smith and Matt Collins

Valkyrie is a huge glowing orb which responds to voices. Inspired by the Northern Lights, you can create your own aurora by speaking into the sculpture, creating new colours across its icy surface, which is hand crafted from recycled plastics.

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Night Big Bang

Night Big Bang
By Malik Jama

Night Big Bang blends futuristic technological dreamscapes with digital light drawing, natural elements and bodies of water, tangling architecture and industry with the natural environment.

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Fish Are Jumping
By Toer

Fish are Jumping is an interpretation of fish that sometimes catch our attention by jumping above the water. It is a play of light and dark, of quick and slow, of sound and silence.

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Nectary
By Alison Smith and Dr Chris Hassall

The Nectary invites you to immerse yourself in nature and mimic a pollinating insect, visiting six huge glowing flowers handcrafted from recycled materials

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Crystal Flowers

Crystal Flowers
By Stevie Thompson - Custom Fibre Optics

A beautiful display with hundreds of hand-made, illuminated fibre optic flowers. Crystal Flowers is a reminder to take our time more often and appreciate the stunning natural world around us.

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Human Aquarium

Human Aquarium: Deep Water
By Annabeth Robinson, University of Salford in collaboration with Yorkshire Life Aquatic

Centring on a projection mapped origami boat, the Deep Water installation is a thought-provoking immersive installation reflecting on the effect of climate change and pollution on the Oceans and Waterways of the world.

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GLOW

GLOW
By Amigo & Amigo

GLOW is a giant interactive light installation inspired by the cycles of the moon. With over 40 different music sounds and interactive lighting animations, you are invited to move throughout and play.

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Pulse

PULSE
By Loop

PULSE in an epic audio-visual art installation made up of 14,400 programmable LEDS. A tightly synced and choreographed audio visual journey.

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Suraj

Suraj
By Breaking Barriers and Akeelah Bertram

Suraj is a celebration of the journey of light and the way that we conduct our daily activities according to the position of the sun and the moon.

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Flaming Daisy Chain

Walk The Plank

Commissioned by Walk the Plank and Billie Klinger (Creative Producer) This dynamic metal structure creates a continuous cycle of flaming flowers by repurposing scrap metal and Glyndebourne curtain rail.

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Through No.4 - Lightwaves 2021

Through No.4
By Liz West

The much-loved MediaCity landmark, elegantly lit for Lightwaves Salford, to create a multicoloured jewel in the dark.

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Quays Culture

Decade of Light

Decade of Light is a celebration Lightwave Salford’s 10th year. Shining against the night sky, the piece is a gift from Quays Culture to all those who have made the last decade of Lightwaves so special.

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Lightwaves Salford is part of the Quays Culture Programme, a partnership initiative with a mission to animate public spaces, bringing extraordinary art into the heart of the community for everyone to experience free of charge

With thanks to Salford’s Culture and Place Partnership.