A series of gobos create the still images. The first chimney has an image inspired by the carved wooden blocks used at this Mill to print patterns on the cotton produced here. The second chimney has three images which fade from one to another. An animated image of a shuttle moving up and down the chimney, an engineers drawing of the dobby loom used in this Mill (and also shown in the 3d animated zoetrope previously shown on this blog) and a punch card inspired image.
The two projectors for the interactive films are triggered by 4 PIR's which cover the canal side towpath, the bridge onto the new public square and the front of the square. As people move into these zones they activate one or both of the projectors. A still image remains until activated.
The two halves of the projection work independently but the imagery links to form two halves of one image. The chimneys in the film come to life and various activities occur which relate to the sites cotton industry and appear like the buildings memories. The chap in the image is Mr Slater (the films are projected onto Slater Terrace) and he built the Mill. There are 50 video clips which last 40 seconds each and are selected randomly when people enter the square or walk along the canal path
The pieces are permanent and come on automatically at sunset. The chimney lights remain on until 1am and the interactive films remain on until 11pm.
These images are snaps from last night and Andrew Hilton will be coming to site and photograph the light works properly. He also has a drone and will make a short film. I'll upload these in the near future.