Set Lazers To Go
9:19am 31st May 2012
Weymouth's lazer lights will be officially launched tonight.
The seven, 16 meter high colour columns will project green beams across the promenade, over the beach and into the sea.
The council says the new lighting is intended to be subtle, phased and calming.
They'll turn on an hour after sunset, and will go on every six minutes during the evening.
Parsons Brinckerhoff Project Manager Bill Norman said: "This was a very exciting and challenging project.
"To our knowledge there is no other installation of this sort anywhere in the world and it is the largest permanent laser lighting in this country.
"We have worked very closely with the borough council and artists Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier to meet the complex design requirements and faithfully deliver the original artistic vision."
Chairman of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Management Committee Michael Goodman said: "After extensive testing we are now delighted to be able to share this fantastic new lighting system.
"With the benefit of Arts Council and other funding the borough council has had the opportunity to introduce a new, low energy lighting scheme, which will be modern in its form but sympathetic to the Georgian backdrop of the esplanade.
"The new lighting system is just one of the many projects that are transforming the seafront to improve residents' and visitors' experience and help raise the profile of the resort of Weymouth and the borough as a whole."
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Mayor Cllr Margaret Leicester said: "I am very excited to be able to launch this innovative lighting scheme.
"The Light Veils have transformed Weymouth Seafront.
"I fully encourage people to come along and have a look at this amazing lighting scheme."
Arts Council England's Director for the South West, Phil Gibby said: "We're delighted that public art has been incorporated into the rejuvenation of the seafront and that this impressive piece of art will be available for residents and visitors to enjoy."