Christmas SPIRIT sculpture preview comes to Leeds

LeedsBID is unveiling a festive sculpture this morning in Leeds Train Station.

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The sculpture will be hanging in the south concourse

The SPIRIT sculpture is part of a Christmas trail around the city, financed by LeedsBID (Business Improvement District) and designed to get people to stay in the city longer over the winter.

The artwork has a span of 14 metres in length and contains 3,000 LED lights to glow all day. It will hover five metres above commuters as they walk through the railway station. The sculpture was made by a local bespoke performance structures company, NEWSUBSTANCE, who have created pieces for Take That and the Beijing Olympics.

SPIRIT before tomorrow’s revealing

“The Christmas trail features 15 pieces of art, light and magic around Leeds city centre running from 1st December 2016 to 3rd January 2017. It aims to make people move around the city. SPIRIT is an attraction for the festive period but will stay a little longer, obviously because of the scale of it,” said a LeedsBID representative.

Other attractions that have been revealed already are the lights switched on in Park Square. Next the Northern Lights are to be projected onto the ceiling in the Corn Exchange. The trail includes artworks by practitioners across Leeds and students from Leeds College of Art.

“We want to make people pick up the map, look at where all the installations are and go explore the city and find various installations,” a LeedsBID spokesperson said.

“The Christmas trail in Leeds is something new – fit for all ages and designed to guide people around the city.”

“The attraction has no gender and no religious connection with the idea that people will see different things in it. It’s an ethereal figure,” said LeedsBID.

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The structure will be illuminated internally through 3,000 LED lights

It has taken four evenings to put up the piece, which is suspended in the north concourse of Leeds railway station and has been a result of collaboration between Network Rail and LeedsBID. It will be in place for three months.

By Becky Dobson and Reuben Young

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