SPECTRA Aberdeen

On Friday Gareth and I visited Aberdeen’s SPECTRA light festival. This is the third year it’s been on, but our first time at it.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

First up was the “King Orpheo” installation at His Majesty’s Theatre, as we queued to get into Union Terrace Gardens – I liked how William Wallace seemed to be part of it too. I assumed the scenes being projected onto the building had something to do with the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, but I didn’t realise until later that the beautiful, haunting music also being played was a traditional Scottish song telling a medieval version of the story, where King Orfeo goes in search of his wife who has been stolen away by the Faerie King.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

We mainly wandered round Union Terrace Gardens.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

The arches in the gardens were perfect little spaces for the installations, and some had their own splendid street art lit up.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

Not sure what this group were doing (those boxes made clicking/pulsing noises like a geiger counter) but they seemed to be having fun.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

My favourite piece: fluorescent yarn art by local schoolchildren.
2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

2018-02-09 Spectra Aberdeen

Being February, photography was a bit of a challenge with frozen fingers, but it was certainly worth the visit to see a brilliant display of light and sound art.

SPECTRA is on until Sunday night, with free entry to all installations.

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