Hey guys! Hull’s latest event FloodLights transformed various places in the city centre towards the end of October. It was on for 3 nights across one of the weekends. In my opinion, it was spectacular and reminded me of some of the other light projection events that Hull has hosted in the past. I just love seeing the city come to life again with arts and culture after the lifting of covid restrictions and I’m looking forward to more events like this in the future.
There were 3 light projections for FloodLights in the city centre but we only got to see two of them since one was ticketed and we hadn’t booked on it. The two we saw were Overflow by Vent media projected onto Trinity House Academy and Sirens by Davy and Kristin McGuire projected onto the water surrounding Princes Quay shopping centre.
The inspiration for the projection came from the ability of Trinity House Academy to act as a massive 3D canvas and its rich nautical history as a school. The artist of this projection even went as far as to interview teachers as well as past and present students at the school, asking them what the sea means to them. The projection was clearly very much routed in these answers as the whole centre of every different image intrinsically linked back to the sea. The quality of the projection was absolutely amazing and Trinity House Academy provided the perfect back drop for it. I was particularly impressed that they had even got the projection to stretch around the sides of the building as well instead of just the front to really play into that 3D idea.
Some of the key images that melted into each other included a steering wheel, treasure map, water pollution, ropes, jellyfish and a bell. The bell even had Hull emblazoned across it and it seemed to double as a school bell and one used at sea. The different colours of each object completely contrasted each other while also melting into each other perfectly. It presented the good and the bad parts of the ocean. The capitalisation of water pollution reminded us that we need to do better as a society to protect our oceans. On the other hand, the ropes hinted at the valuable maritime work that still goes on today. For me, the maps represented the rich maritime history of Hull, particularly reminding me of pirate conquests to steal treasure based on a map. Overall, it was a beautiful installation to watch and it was so good to see the city come to life again on a night.
This hauntingly beautiful projection featured mermaids struggling to adapt to climate change and plastic pollution like many other creatures. It was projected onto the water of Princes Quay and because of the limited room around there to see it, a queue had formed to better manage this. We had to wait about 20 minutes which wasn’t that bad overall although we felt guilty about staying longer than 5 minutes watching it with many more people still waiting to see it. The music that accompanied the projection was all part of the immersive experience and it was just like the mystical, alluring music that often accompanies sirens in films.
The idea of representing climate change as still affecting these mythical creatures is such a clever one especially to get across the serious nature of global warming. The mermaids darted back and forth frantically never seeming to want to settle in any specific place sometimes from the fear of being eaten by sharks but sometimes because of the pollution and heightened water temperatures which threw off their internal mechanisms completely. Mermaids are such alluring creatures that I felt completely drawn into whatever they were suffering and felt sorry for them even though they are not real and do not have to deal with climate change. Overall, it was another beautiful installation with a very key message behind it.
Thank you for reading this post! What do you think about the sea? Let me know in the comments below! There’ll be another one out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull