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Night-time sun project is set to take to the road

Project: The Sun at Night at Preston Market

Project: The Sun at Night at Preston Market

A project to bring the sun to Preston is now set to go on tour and appear in London in the new year.

The city’s market was lit up in spectacular style as the giant star was brought to town.

A year of the sun’s life was condensed into a 30-minute film and ran throughout the night, to the amazement of hundreds of visitors.

And now the project will take to the road and be shown at Royal Holloway, University of London, as part of the BBC’s Stargazing Live.

David Henckel is artist in residence at the research and innovation office at the University of Central Lancashire.

He worked alongside lecturer and artist Dan Wilkinson on the project, commissioned by UCLan and funded by the university and Arts Council England.

Producers from the BBC show saw images of the project and decided they wanted it to feature in Stargazing Live.

David said: “It got a great reaction here - there were about 300 people at the event on the Saturday night.”

He said Stargazing Live would be broadcast from Jodrell Bank, but cameras would also be at Royal Holloway.

He said: “I think there is something about the sun that really grabs people and the fact it was at night and people could go right up to the screen was really good.

“Just watching people following the sun around cylinder in the market and watching little kids dragging their parents around was really good.”

The installation will be in place on January 9. David said: “There’s no guarantee it will be on there, but I think there is a good chance of the installation being on TV.

“To get the piece of work in there and to have that many people to then see it would be amazing.”

 

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