Line of Light - Nottingham

Line of Light


The 8 lines of light under the tram bridge are programmed so that no two minutes of colour, rhythm and form are ever repeated. 

There are two sensors on the tram platform above the bridge which detect tram movement in both directions. The trams movement trigger a different set of patterns along the lights. The colour changes also move along the lights located on the tram overhang. These animated lights lead to an arch over the Nottingham canal 85 metres away.

A colour wash under the arch slowly changes and in the cente of the arch is a gobo projection of a circle of Nottingham lace, respecting this important industry associated with Nottingham. The canal arch is near the Lace district.

Nottingham was awarded the UNESCO City of Literature status earlier this year in recognition of the rich literary past and present in Nottingham(shire). Under the tram bridge there is a projector which projects a different poem every night of the year including DH Lawrence and Lord Byron. Lines of poetry from Ovid to the previous poet laureate Andrew Motion are included. These are selected by the projector so that no two poems are ever repeated in the year and the following year the poems will not fall on the same day.

Massive thanks to Duncan Turner, Sharon Scaniglia, Nottingham City Council, Andrew Motion, John Helgley, Jake Bugg, the Dylan Thomas Centre and all the poets who kindly sent work in to the project. 

The project is to be launched in September.