Sigma helps light up Leeds Minster at Light Night 23
Sigma is proud to have contributed electrical assistance at Leeds Minster, ensuring its stunning, pupil-designed lighting displays were ready and working for the Light Night Leeds 23 festival.
Bringing light to the city
Running for nearly 20 years, Light Night Leeds has become the country’s largest annual arts and light festival. Taking place over two nights in October, it sees impressive works of illuminated art transform some of the city’s most iconic indoor and outdoor spaces. This year, the theme was ‘Future Dreaming' and featured interactive installations, expansive light projections and music, dance and street performances by artists from across the city, the UK and overseas.
For Light Night Leeds 23, the historic Leeds Minster was hosting an exhibition called Pockets of Light. This saw the Minster’s well-known Victorian façade and clocktower lit up with a dazzling range of illuminated displays designed by pupils from schools around the city. The designs were then brought to life by a team from the internationally acclaimed Society of Light and Lighting (SLL). A professional body, the SLL aims to promote and advance the art, science and practice of lighting design and engineering, and it invests in research, engineering and supporting lighting professionals.
Members of the SLL had previously visited pupils at Leeds West Academy and Alder Tree Primary School to deliver lighting workshops. The pupils were then set the task of creating their own unique designs around the themes of religion, cultural diversity, the environment and music which unites communities. The pupils whose designs were considered the best were rewarded by having their work turned into lighting displays and put on show at the Minster for this year’s festival.
Sigma’s electrical assistance
Sigma’s involvement with the project began on 10 October, just two days before the official switch-on of Light Night Leeds 23. Project management company, Gondola Pro, had been asked by the Minster’s lighting team to provide an electrician to carry out urgent electrical work. Gondola Pro then got in touch with Sigma.
In response to the fast-approaching deadline, Sigma immediately dispatched two electricians to the Minster. Once on site, they evaluated the requirements of the task, which included installing a new time clock and repairing some of the existing electrical cabling. The team also made other alterations and devised a switching plan.
The overall project took two days to complete and was finished in time for the big switching on event on the evening of 12 October. To make sure everything went ahead as planned, one of Sigma’s electricians remained in attendance, supporting the organisers in powering up the displays for the awaiting crowd. This included many excited pupils and their families, eagerly awaiting the lighting up of their winning designs.
As a company, Sigma has always been proud to give its support to local events and good causes that help bring communities together. For this reason, our participation in getting everything at the Minster ready for the Night Light Leeds festival was given free of charge. In the future, we look forward to making new contributions which have a positive impact on our communities.
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