The largest freestanding light installation ever created for Blackpool Illuminations has brought a futuristic feel to the famous Golden Mile.
Standing 11 meters high, Odyssey is a stunning interactive screensaver co-created by world-renowned designer Jack Irving in collaboration with an extremely talented team of computer scientists from Lancaster University.
The outdoor installation consists of six oversized towers combined with the latest technology to create an immersive projection show themed on undiscovered creatures that lurk in the deep sea.
The Odyssey, which was made at the Blackpool Illuminations Lightworks factory, took over two years to design and build.
The design of the three towers is based on the sea deities from Greek mythology: Poseidon, Aphrodite, and Amphitrite. Aphrodite, the tallest of the three constellations, is 7 meters wide and 11 meters high!
The installation provides an extraordinary interactive experience for visitors as they discover strange sea creatures swimming and hovering at their feet.
Through advanced technology, no two experiences are the same as the projector maps individual movements and reflects a customized display, creating a unique and dynamic encounter for each person. Odyssey Towers features 60 powerful lasers and an exciting light and sound show.
The creation of Odyssey was helped by the investment Blackpool Council received from the Towns Fund, which aims to refurbish the illuminations and develop new concepts that will attract new generations of visitors.
Located at the Tower Festival Headland, along with this year’s Christmas By The Sea village, the free attraction will remain in place throughout the extended Illuminations season, which ends January 2, 2023.
Blackpool Council Leader Cllr Lynn Williams said: “Introducing Odyssey to the Promenade has created another great factor and we were thrilled to see her get a starring role in one of the fantastic dance performances in the Blackpool version of Strictly.
“The installation is the result of a great collaboration with our partners and adds a whole new dimension to the Golden Mile.”
Artist Jack Irving said, ‘It’s amazing to bring Odyssey to Blackpool – we’ve spent over two and a half years developing the project and creating a fully immersive world. It’s all driven by my greatest inspiration which is life in the deep sea. I really want to take Blackpool viewers deeper and immerse them Set in the alien world we have created. There are a lot of magical elements to the piece and it is a futuristic story of deep sea creatures told through the power of light.”
Joe Feeney, professor of computer science at Lancaster University, said: “It’s great to see the installation is now in place and looking great in Blackpool Park.
“We are delighted to be working with the Blackpool Illuminations team and Jack Irving in creating Odyssey. Lancaster University is committed to actively engaging with our partners as a force for community good on a regional, national and international level. Through Odyssey, the most technologically advanced art installation ever published by Blackpool Illuminations, we aim to Infusing a new paradigm of interaction with the illuminations, allowing visitors to not only see the lights, but feel part of them.”
* Odyssey is supported by the Towns Fund. The Cities Fund is part of the government’s plan to upgrade the British economy. Cities across England are working with government to address growth constraints, delivering economic benefits and improving the lives of people within their communities.