Live Light and Sound Installation
Originally commissioned by Bright Nights, funded by Arts Council England and Gloucester City Council.
Illuminated Swim is an immersive light installation that transforms swimming pools into a stunning artwork. Inspired by the Paintings of Rothko Tine has created a beautiful artwork which you can swim in.
This playful art and swimming installation encourages well-being and brings art experiences into new spaces. It is a light and sound installation where participants will immerse themselves into a giant pool of light. Coloured clouds hover over the water, gently changing as people float, swim and play.
Tine worked with Gloucester-based Music Works to design a soundtrack for the installation. The lights and music create a series of evening swim sessions and a mixture of daytime sessions that are playful for families and sessions that are rejuvenating and relaxing for adults.
Dr Tine Bech’s vision for the installation is to create a painting that the audience can immerse themselves into. Tine looked at paintings by Rothko, creating an installation as a massive immersive painting that participants can swim in.
The installation was originally commissioned as part of the London, 2012 Cultural Olympiad. It was awarded the Inspire Mark, a 2012 Olympic initiative, which was a community and participatory programme that enabled non-commercial organisations across the UK to link their events and projects to the London 2012 Games. “It was one of the most successful interactive art works I have been to, and I’ve been to a few over the years. Not only did you transform a vast area but you also shifted the way the whole space was experienced.” Althea Greenan, Make Magazine.
Photos by Andre Pattenden.
“Seriously beautiful”. Professor Jon Dovey, Digital Culture Research Centre.
“When we play, we learn how to be with other people, how to socialise, we learn to connect, so it has the ability to develop social bonds and create a sense of belonging. We believe that play is important to society as a whole. In today’s culture we think of play as “silly” and see it as opposite to the seriousness of work, whereas in fact the opposite of play is not work, but depression. Play rewards us with joy and promotes empathy. Now, more than ever, we need to promote compassion between people.” Tine Bech, Artist