Awards: Light Trail at Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 2012Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 2012 installation, Light Trail, has been shortlisted for the prestigious industry Lighting Design Awards 2013, in the category of special projects.

The Light Trail installation was commissioned by Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival 2012 from Sutton Vane Associates and led by current Lighting Designer of the Year Michael Grubb whose previous projects include the London 2012 Olympic Park.

The work was a playful and interactive series of six new light installations that ran through Bournemouth town square and gardens to the seafront, marking the opening of the 2012 Festival on 29th September.

Over 100,000 festival visitors of all ages were able to engage with light in a new and exciting way through the artsworks which made best use of the locale’s architectural and natural environment.

The concept for Light Trail was developed by Arts Bournemouth with lighting designer Michael Grubb, then of Sutton Vane Associates, now Creative Director at Michael Grubb Studio. The six artworks included a huge vintage light filled with stars, LED reeds that swayed in the Bourne river, and a ‘Flip Book’ of light.

Carol Maund, Director of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, says, “We are thrilled that Light Trail has been shortlisted for the UK’s Lighting Design Awards 2013. The installation was a real focus of the festival’s opening day and attracting several thousand visitors, and great enthusiasm.”

Michael Grubb, Lighting Designer, whose other recent projects include the London 2012 Olympic Park Strategy, says, “It was a privilege to be approached by Arts Bournemouth to do this project and all that work has now paid off; As a ‘Bournemouth boy’ myself, now being able to positively contribute to the town’s growth and nighttime economy is wonderful.”


 1. Lighting Design Awards
Now in their 11th year, the Lighting Design Awards command the respect of the lighting community and are recognized as the pre-eminent architectural lighting competition. The awards take place on Wednesday 27 March 2013 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

 2. Light Trail, Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival: special projects award
Light Trail was created for visitors to explore on the opening night of Bournemouth’s 2012 Arts by The Sea Festival and featured a series of fun and intriguing light art installations for festival goers and townsfolk to discover along a route from the Town Square through the Lower Gardens and Pier Approach. The free outdoor event, for one night only, comprised of six artworks:

• Vintage Light: A super-sized vintage lantern with space for people to sit inside. The exterior was upholstered with a decorative fabric back-illuminated with LEDs. Side emitting fibre-optics was used around the base as the ‘tassels’. The inside had a fibre optic star cloth and was used a reflective space by the public.

• The Crystal: The crystal is made up of 180m of silver foil curtains hung from a tessellating triangular light weight structure between the trees. Inside the installation the shimmering effect of the curtains creates a powerful and unique experience where it is easy to become lost in the light.

• River reeds: Lightweight LEDs powered by small batteries where specifically fabricated and connected to the riverbed and waved in the wind and currents. The use of black rods and nodes ensured that the light floated effortlessly above the river.

• AUCB at the Underpass: A light and sound installation between the pillars of the underpass connecting the gardens to the pier; light was projected on to a visual wrap in time with music turning an empty space into a tangible event.

• Flip Book: Temporary coloured lighting animated against translucent graphics within the upstairs of the Camera Obscura Cafe.

• Temporary coloured lighting was added to surrounding soft landscaping features to give a special feeling to the park during the night.

All designs were designed, detailed and tested with several prototypes being developed to ensure the correct lighting effect was achieved. Sutton Vane Associates also actively collaborated with the Arts University College Bournemouth (AUCB) by encouraging participation and involvement. A huge amount of lighting equipment was kindly donated by many manufacturers including; ACDC, Crescent Lighting, Mike Stoane Lighting, Phillips, Traxon and Universal Fibre Optics.

 3. Michael Grubb
With 15 years experience the 2012 Lighting Designer of the Year Michael Grubb and his team develops the individual narratives of public and private spaces through the mastery of light. Grubb’s previous international projects include London 2012 Olympic Park, Lighting Strategy & LPR, UK; Titanic Signature Project, Belfast, Northern Ireland; First Emperor, Terracotta Warriors at the British Museum, UK and more.