Illuminating the streets of the South West with Bristol Light Festival
With its long-awaited second edition, Bristol Light Festival is once again taking over the city. We announced its arrival on the streets with the help of a 3D, illuminated creative billboard, modelled on the logo artwork by local photographer André Pattenden.
From 1st-6th March 2022, specially commissioned works for Bristol Light Festival will premier alongside pieces making their city debut, in carefully curated locations on the streets – filling the city with creative light.
2019’s edition included interactive and immersive works, and this year’s programme is set to feature much of the same – with installations and experiential light art pieces to explore. Created by international names, local artists, and Bristol-based collectives, like Squidsoup, Lucid, and Designs In Air, each one has been tailored to its location – filling varied urban spaces with colour, ambience and new potential for enjoyment, showcasing the city in a different light, highlighting both its landmarks and lesser-known spots.
To introduce 2022’s Bristol Light Festival to the city, we worked alongside Bristol City Centre BID to bring its joyful, bright pink logo to the streets, filling our sites with light-flooded artwork. To accompany a takeover of our West Street sites in Old Market, we also constructed a head-turning creative billboard – with a giant, illuminated, 3D version of Bristol Light Festival’s logo, bringing the art to the streets.
The logo was created by local photographer André Pattenden, who manipulated and created light art to form the vibrant and dynamic heart shape. He then echoed the work around different spots in the city, producing incredible shots through the middle of a night to tease this year’s festival launch. We spoke to André about his creative inspirations and processes, life as a photographer, and work for Bristol Light Festival, ahead of its programme beginning in March.