Crowds gathered at The Helix, home of the iconic Kelpies, last night for an illuminated outdoor experience that was dubbed “out of this world”.
Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes transformed Helix Park in Falkirk into an illuminated, magical outdoor experience of fire performances, interactive light installations, puppetry and a giant floating sculpture of Earth – all against the backdrop of the world’s largest equine sculptures.
Now in its fourth year, the Fire & Light event – which also runs tonight (January 2nd) – features a 4K walk from Falkirk Stadium to the Kelpies and back with plenty of activity and spectacle along the way.
This year’s theme is the 12 signs of the zodiac and features creations from five Scotland-based artists and one special touring exhibition. Visitors are greeted at the entrance to Helix Park by fortune tellers, keen to tell visitors what lies ahead and make predictions for 2019.
Managed by Falkirk Community Trust with support from Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund, Fire & Light 2019’s artists include: David Powell, who created two giant wicker structures to represent Aries and Sagittarius; Pyroceltica, experts in fire sculpture and performance; and Vision Mechanics who are known for their infamous giant puppet ‘Big Man Walking’ and created three installations for the event.
Luke Jerram’s Gaia – a giant floating sculpture of Earth – is at the heart of the event, offering visitors a rare opportunity to see a floating three-dimensional depiction of Earth on such a large scale. The installation, which is making its Scottish debut, features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface and each centimetre of the installation represents 18km of the Earth’s surface.
Jane McInally, a Glasgow-based artist famed for her expertise in creating spectacular paper lanterns, worked on the 13th installation, a community project involving 16 young people from Falkirk’s three high schools, to create an interactive installation of the solar system.
Visitors can walk through enchanted lagoons, mystical everglades and explore the star signs, as well as enjoy winter warming refreshments and toast marshmallows.
Neil Brown, General Manager of Falkirk Community Trust, said:
“Last night’s Fire & Light was literally out of this world, with a cosmic theme and some truly stellar performances. There is something for all ages and some incredibly creative contributors. And of course the backdrop of our stunning and magical Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculptures, are the cherries on the cake for an event which is a perfect way to kick off 2019.”
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