The Brilliance Scheme in Blackpool cost the better part of £3.8m and is designed to promote a ‘Cafe Culture’ in 5 streets in the town centre.
The centrepiece of it all consists of six stainless steel arches erected down the length of a pedestrianised Birley Street which are connected together by trunking and which have projectors, lights and loudspeakers built into them.
This is all under the control of a central room from which it is possible to vary the projected displays in time to the broadcasted music, and allow interaction with the people on the street below.
A much better lighting display occurs at certain times of the year when the low Winter sun hits the two angled windows of the Blackpool Council Offices & Services building at the end where it forms a crossroads with Corporation St and West St.
On this particular day the sun was fiercely bright compared to the deep January shadows of the street – the seggs [blocks of stone] creating a beautifully lit pattern in the two splashes of reflected light.
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