Monument in blaze of colour

Spectacular art show lights up election campaign

Monument art show

The General Election was literally brightened up on the eve of the poll, thanks to an ambitious art installation.

Using the latest projection mapping technology, street artists worked with event agency mclcreate to project striking light displays onto the National Monument above Edinburgh.

The company is more used to running business events, but managing director Tim Spencer said: “The general election is quite possibly the greatest event of all, and we wanted to mark it in a new way that would engage the public.

“The artwork is a dynamic light pattern, starting with a few triangles and rapidly multiplying into a mass of dazzling shapes and colours.

Mr Spencer explained the significance of the design: “There’s a sense of votes building up, and of people across the country coming together to contribute to the democratic process. Each individual shape is a crucial part of the overall result.”

Monument light show 2

The National Monument, seen as Scotland’s answer to the Greek Parthenon, was chosen for its link to the birthplace of democracy.

The project was undertaken in collaboration with Projector Club, headed up by street artist and mclcreate manager Ross Blair.

Mr Blair said: “Democracy is increasingly going digital. We’ve seen throughout this election how ordinary people are using social media and the internet to make their views heard.

“You could look at this digital art projection as an illustration of that trend.”

 Picture: Craig Robertson/mclcreate

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