Get ready for LUCI's Glasgow light show

As part of the UN International Year of Light, Glasgow is hosting the LUCI (Lighting Urban Community International) City Under the Microscope conference, which takes place from today until Sunday.

The conference will feature seminars, workshops, an exhibition and a series of events, including NVA's Ghost Peloton Glasgow, a new iteration of the work (video above) originally commissioned to mark the Grand Depart of the Tour de France last year.

Another feature of the conference will be the illumination of the façade of the City of Glasgow College (the former College of Building and Printing) in the city centre.  This will feature large projections, created by Glasgow-born artist Craig Morrison in collaboration with students and staff from the college, between 11 - 15 November.  This work, The Glasgow Portrait Project, will show over 150 portraits of the people that make Glasgow. 

Two other pieces will also be shown on the college façade during the conference - LIGHT, by German artists Hartung and Trenz (previous artwork below), a piece to mark the UN International Year of Light.

Craig Morrison has also collaborated with Hartung and Trenz to create a site-specific artwork, entitled I Love You, an animated sequence that will project the words over 50 metres wide on the building.

The South Portland Street Footbridge will be illuminated by Philips Lighting each evening between 11 - 14 November, and among the other events in the programme is a walking tour of lighting installations in and around the city centre, tonight, 11th November.

Design/architecture venue The Lighthouse will host an exhibition - Radiance Reflected - that tells the story of the evolving use of lighting in Glasgow in the 20th and 21st Centuries and its role in the city's regeneration.  The exhibition opens to the public on 12 November and runs until the Christmas period.

Bailie Allan Stewart, a past president of LUCI, said, "The LUCI conference will showcase the many fields that lighting now plays a role in, and we are delighted that Glasgow will host this final gathering in the International Year of Light.  The fantastic events programme supporting the conference will give many people the chance to see the amazing uses of lighting in Glasgow."

The themes of the conference's seminars and workshops reflect the changing role of lighting in cities and how it features in regeneration, science and innovation, design, sustainability and the green economy, engineering, resilience, the creative industries, tourism, manufacturing, intelligent street lighting, smart cities, and the redevelopment of the Forth & Clyde Canal.

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