Laser V art to shine over Sheffield
Friday, 11 December 2020
laser-beams-1Organisers hope to deliver an entertaining light display. Photo: Kvant
UK - In a bid to lift the spirits of the local community and celebrate the efforts of the NHS, a team of entertainment industry lighting and laser engineers based around the north of England have set out to create laser lighting art.
Sheffield-based lighting designer Jonathan Dawson-Butterworth wanted to set up a morale-boosting event that could also help the Sheffield Hospitals Charity appeal.
“I thought it would be nice to organise something that people could look at and enjoy, and also do something to help charity. With the terrible situation brought upon us all by the pandemic, I thought it would be great to involve the hospitals charity and say ‘thank you’ to the NHS,” he explains.
Taking place on Monday, 14 December, with powerful laser beams firing from three different areas of the city, with the organisers hoping to deliver an entertaining display, including a laser beam pyramid.
“We were hoping to use NHS sites for the locations for the lasers, but because of COVID precautions and protocols, they weren't able to let us to use them. So we had to look the three new locations at the last minute, but these are now being very helpfully provided by three local organisations,” adds Dawson-Butterworth.
During the planning stages, he contacted Northamptonshire-based Kvant Lasers UK, who are supplying one Atom 15 and two LD Spectrum 30 lasers for the occasion. Meanwhile, three lighting professionals - freelancers Andy Brown and Tim Fawkes, and Nick Thompson of Limelight Presentation Systems - will supervise the locations on the night.
“I am hoping that with this event we will also be able to encourage people to give a little to help charity,” concludes Dawson-Butterworth.
Those who are able to donate are encouraged to do so via the Sheffield Hospital Charity’s website.

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