Claypaky Kicks off Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017

Photo: Patrick Mateer

Lighting Designer Durham Marenghi selected an array of Claypaky luminaires to enhance a number of audiovisual installations across Hull as part of the city’s UK City of Culture 2017 inauguration festivities.

Marenghi was assisted in the project by West End theatre Lighting Designer and Hull resident Tim Lutkin. Together they specified 42 Claypaky Mythos, 12 Claypaky Alpha Spot QWO 800s and 8 Claypaky Sharpy Wash 330s from Manchester-based lighting specialist dbn Lighting to create architectural light shows at the city’s historic Queen Victoria square, The Deep aquarium, and an installation in an underpass.

Animator and Video Designer Zsolt Balogh created video content that was projected onto the facades of Hull City Hall, Ferens Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum.

The searchlight effect of the Mythos allowed Marenghi to add extra impact to an audiovisual display at The Deep. An animation by video and projection design house Imitating the Dog was projected onto the building, while Marenghi positioned eight Mythos to emphasise the display and cast beam effects over the Humber estuary.

Artist Jesse Kanda projected archive footage of Hull’s party-scene across the walls of the underpass, adding an immersive laser light display created using 12 Claypaky Alpha Spot QWO 800s and 8 Claypaky Sharpy Wash 330s.

In 2013 Hull it was announced that Hull would become City of Culture 2017, the second city in the UK to be awarded City of Culture status. Hull UK City of Culture 2017 was set up by the city council as an independent company and charitable trust. The company was responsible for organising NYE’s admission free, open-air event, and will now oversee the 365 days of pledged transformative cultural activity throughout the city in 2017.