A dazzling light projection made up of 200,000 lumens of light, eight supersized projectors and over 100,000 images brought St Helens Town Hall to life on Saturday 8 of December, rounding off the 150th anniversary celebrations and St Helens’ year as the Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture.
Created by artist Simon Mckeown with BuzzHub St Helens Coalition of Disabled People (CDP) and commissioned by Heart of Glass, as part of St Helens 150, in partnership with DaDaFest, ‘We Are Still Here’ offered the chance to see St Helens Town Hall like it’s never been seen before.
Using high tech projection mapping technology, the artwork, inspired by St Helens’ past, present and future, transformed the building’s Victorian facade, with a riot of colour, moving image and sound.
Inside the town hall there was an exhibition of work by the BuzzHub group and the screening of an animation about St Helens made by local community groups who have been working with animation studio Twin Vision.
The animation followed the story of an imagination of a boy from St Helens as he reimagines his home town with amazing results.
St Helens Council Leader Derek Long said: “We’re proud to have been Liverpool City Region’s first Borough of Culture.
“This experience will certainly leave a lasting legacy in St Helens, and as a council that is looking to capitalise on the borough’s growing reputation as a centre for excellence for arts and culture, we will now build on this success and lay the foundations for a thriving future.
“I’m sure our friends in Wirral will have as great a year.”