form students from Hele's School in Plympton have joined up with
established light artist Alex Rowbotham to light up the skyline
of Plymouth city centre.
students devised a series of giant images, slogans and e-mails which
were projected onto prominent buildings using powerful projectors.
Visitors to the city centre on the evening of 27th January were
treated to the unusual lightshow to mark the official launch of
the 'Plymouth Mouth'.
The Mouth is an interactive living history project which enables
students to log stories and discuss issues related to the city's
One of the projected images on Dingles store.
gives Plymouth's young people a voice on a subject that directly
schools, including three scheduled for demolition in the regeneration,
are taking part in the project.
They will be using photographs, video, sounds and weblogs (a kind
of daily online diary) to feed their views and ideas into the new
'Plymouth Mouth' website.
The project's logo is a glossy pair of red lips and this was one
of the images beamed onto the walls of the Plymouth Guildhall as
part of the lightshow.
The students worked under the guidance of renowned projection artist
Originally from Plymouth, Alex travelled all the way from Italy
to share his experience.
His work includes everything from museum installations to full blown
multi-projector arts events with synchronised images and sound.
of the projection designs.
School art teacher Nick Norton says it was a brilliant opportunity
for his art and media students.
Creative Partnerships (the Arts Council group that's aiding the
students) asked the school if it would help promote the project
in the city we saw it as a great opportunity," he said.
student Carl Fraser says it's an exciting project and is looking
forward to giving the opinion of his generation and seeing the development
"I've felt for a long time Plymouth needs redevelopment,"
"This is the first development since the war, and it's really
exciting to see the new shopping centre taking place piece by piece.
I can't wait for 2006 to see it in place."
Mouth website was officially launched during the lightshow.
Article updated: 30th January 2005