Spectacular LED lighting art installation by North Wales artists transforms Plas Heli into local beacon

July 13, 2016

A spectacular light show art installation has been launched at Plas Heli, Pwllheli, supported by Gwynedd Council.

The Plas Heli Art Project is the work of north Wales-based artists Jessica Lloyd-Jones and Ant Dickinson and will permanently illuminate the new National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, with the lights changing colour and brightness in reaction to wind strength and direction.

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The artists have taken inspiration from the colours used in the Beaufort Scale – the system used to measure wind strength and is essential for sailors the world over. The installation highlights the distinctive architectural design of Plas Heli.

The artwork uses energy efficient LED illumination in the main hall of the Sailing Academy and wind meters mounted on the roof of the building that provide data to the lights.

As part of this art project, Plas Heli also featured a specially designed projection mapping installation, which included images of Pwllheli’s sailing heritage, past and present, contributed by the community.

The dramatic artwork, funded by the Arts Council for Wales, is an eye-catching addition to the £8.9 million National Sailing Academy and Events Centre Designed by Ellis Williams Architects, which has been built with support from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council.

Artist Jessica Lloyd-Jones said: “It’s great to see people’s reaction to the lighting changing colour; especially children as it really captures their imagination. People are calling this the largest anemometer in the world! We hadn’t thought of it like that until it was pointed out.”

Mandy Williams-Davies, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy, added: The arts project has definitely raised the profile of the building and has given the local community an opportunity to become part of the building and its activities.”

Stephen Tudor, the Chairman of Plas Heli added: “The creative lighting generates a wonderful atmosphere inside Plas Heli as well as making the centre a beacon in the night harbour sky. It can be enjoyed by visitors inside Plas Heli as well as those passing by along the inner harbour.”

*The illumination is an artistic interpretation and not intended as an accurate wind measurement.

Further information about the art project can be found at: http://celfplasheliart.blogspot.co.uk/ and http://www.jessicalloyd-jones.com/#!/plas-heli

About Plas Heli

· Plas Heli is a not for profit company with volunteer directors that operates the Welsh National Sailing Academy that opened in Pwllheli in July.

· The Sailing Academy and Events Centre is a project, worth £8.9m that has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council. The project included the iconic building, re-direction of the road along the Glan y Don peninsular, building a new visitor and events pontoon and strengthening the harbour wall.

· Plas Heli opened its doors on 11th July 2015 and immediately showcased the facility to over 40 competing nations worldwide with 6 major sailing events producing over 37,000 bed-nights and with the impact of the building works equates to £4.4M into the local economy.

About the Artists

Jessica Lloyd-Jones and Ant Dickinson are artist’s based in Llangollen, North Wales. Jessica is a visual artist who works with light, investigating ideas about energy and natural phenomena. Ant Dickinson is creative technologist and sound designer working with creative electronics and programming. Jessica and Ant work in collaboration to create unique installations in public spaces. www.antdickinson.co.uk


Jessica Lloyd-Jones

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