In pictures: Guildford Cathedral
Guildford Cathedral has been specially illuminated for the arrival of the British Science Festival at the University of Surrey. Using state-of-the-art technologies, it will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy.
The lighting scheme was generated by a partnership between Surrey lighting manufacturer Oldham Lighting and consulting engineers BDSP, following an invitation to local businesses to use the festival as a showcase for their talents.
The two companies have, between them, previously worked on a range of landmark lighting projects including the Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral and 30 St. Mary Axe (The Gherkin). The lights replace the cathedral’s existing ones for a week.
“The new temporary scheme is designed to accentuate the detailed features of the cathedral in cool colours and to present a new perspective on its form and size” says Farhad Rahim of BDSP Partnership.
The switching on of the new lighting scheme was heralded by a vertical dance performance "Descent of the Angel", performed by Kate Lawrence, a lecturer in Dance Studies at the University of Surrey.
Her dance performances use the walls of buildings as her "floor" and the opportunity of being suspended from above to "fly". Kate is also qualified as a single pitch rock climbing instructor.
The lighting scheme will then stay in place throughout the British Science Festival and for Heritage Open Days weekend on 12 and 13 September.