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January 2005
The Light Fantastic
One of the projection designs
Red lips are the logo of the 'Plymouth Mouth' project.

Plymouth students lit up the city centre with giant projected images at the start of a new living history project about the changing face of the city.



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Sixth 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.

The 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 regeneration.

Projected image on Dingles department store
One of the projected images on Dingles store.

It gives Plymouth's young people a voice on a subject that directly affects them.

Six 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 Alex Rowbotham.
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.

Projected image
Another of the projection designs.

Hele's School art teacher Nick Norton says it was a brilliant opportunity for his art and media students.

When 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.

Art student Carl Fraser says it's an exciting project and is looking forward to giving the opinion of his generation and seeing the development itself.

"I've felt for a long time Plymouth needs redevelopment," he said.

"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."

The Mouth website was officially launched during the lightshow.

Article updated: 30th January 2005

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