Braincontainer back for Blackpool Illuminations 2015
A new intellectual art exhibit which studies the power of the human brain is set to open on Blackpool Promenade.
“Brain Container” is a lit, moving art installation housed in a customised cargo container; a giant interactive light box.
Designed by artist Jo Berry, the piece is made up of a series of thirty-six cast acrylic discs that are hung, lit and rotated.
The discs, which feature images of the human brain, are made up of a series of laser cut coloured Perspex panels that have been glued together and then cast in clear acrylic from this series of design drawings.
The artwork has been lit and installed by Blackpool Council’s Illuminations team and forms an exciting new part of this year’s display.
Richard Ryan, Head of Blackpool Illuminations said: “ It’s been very rewarding working with Jo again on the Brain Box, it represents another change of style for the illuminations, combining a serious message with a gorgeous piece of illuminated art and the crowds around it nightly testify to its interest”
Cllr Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for culture and heritage, said: “The Brain Container is another fine addition to our Illuminations display.
It continues our efforts to try to make the Illuminations display more interactive by getting people out of their cars and onto the Promenade to explore interactive displays.
I look forward to visiting it myself and I thank Jo Berry for coming up with such an exciting and challenging concept.”
Originally from Lancashire, Jo used to visit Blackpool Illuminations as a child and is a lifelong fan
In 2012 for the Illuminations Centenary Celebrations she designed the Fluted Pylons sited near the Cenotaph and North Pier, which were inspired by the original Fluted Pylons of 1912 and the 1930s design drawings which are still held in the Blackpool Council archives.
The display is set to music with composer, Angela Slater, having designed the accompanying sound in response to imagery she viewed in Jo’s studio.
A poem in response to the work has also been written by James Nunn-Menson, a young creative writer that Jo met through the Psychosis Research Advisory Group held at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham.
The project was Lottery funded through Arts Council England and supported by Blackpool Council, the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health.