Volatile Light exhibition to dazzle at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Posted on - 18th July, 2013 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston
Stunning shapes are revealed in the Volatile Light

Stunning shapes are revealed in the Volatile Light

A new immersive art installation at the Harris Museum is promising to delight families during the summer holidays.


Previous visitors to Volatile Light have described the exhibition as “a fabulous factory of fireflies” and “like being in a shower of tiny comets.”

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The sound-scape is made up of a series of distorted noises from peculiar scientific experiments such as boiling mud triggered by the movement of the sculptures.

The LED lights attached to rotating arms, levers and cranks weave a series of curves, sweeping arcs and scribbles in the darkened gallery space.

Julia Turpin, of IOU, who are behind the installation, said: “Volatile Light is a fantastic, fun and playful experience for the whole family. People of all generations have responded to it very positively in other venues and we invite everyone to come along to enjoy it for free. You can simply soak up the magical beauty of the light trails, explore the mechanics and technology behind them, or get more involved and even try your hand at making your own light art.”


Children visiting the exhibition have the chance to create their own virtual light trails, paintings and play with light toys.

Watch a video below of Volatile Light

Volatile Light will be at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday 20 July to Saturday 24 August and is free to enter.

Will you be visiting? Let us know in the comments below

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