Recently my art club has been involved with Lightwaves at Salford Quays on two of their recent projects.
For the first one we were invited to respond to the sculptures on the Quay side. Although, it seemed to be a fairly traditional subject of large endangered animal sculptures, the use of projectors to add images to the shapes was a contemporary idea and could not have been done years ago. It certainly added to the experience of visitors to the site. In this instance our responses were fairly traditional paintings and other groups produced dances and photographic displays.
Recently, we were approached, together with members of the local community, to send pictures for the latest installation. I was lucky enough to have three accepted and am pleased to have contributed to this art form.
The picture of my parents and that of my wife's now shine brightly among the others and they have become a small piece of a modern art installation. Exhibitions like these may not win the Turner prize but by involving the community; it opens art to a wider audience.
Alongside the canal was an overhead installation, which lit up in different colours as music was played and was an interesting visual display. Again this would not have been possible if not for the advance of technology, which enabled the creation of an entertaining piece of digital art.
This is an excellent way that art can brighten up an environment, particularly on a cold winter's day. The only downside to this exhibition is that it is only on for about ten days and finishes shortly.