Lancaster University teams up with designer for Illuminations display

A team of computer scientists from Lancaster University will team up with designer Jack Irving to create a new display for this year's Blackpool Illuminations.

Jack, whose work to date includes designing costumes for Lady Gaga, partnered with the university team, led by Professor Joe Finney, and won a global competition overseen by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Their winning concept will incorporate deep sea creatures brought to life in a high-tech, interactive projection show on the Promenade close to The Blackpool Tower.

The project will now move from concept to manufacture stage, with Jack providing the creative content and Professor Finney’s team providing the technical expertise.

Jack, 26, was born and raised just a couple of miles down the coast from Blackpool. He said: "It’s been a childhood dream of mine to design part of Blackpool Illuminations and I am so excited that this competition has made my dreams come true.

"It’s a little appreciated fact that most of the animals in our ocean make light. This phenomenon is called bioluminescence. I have used this as my inspiration for my Illuminations design."

It’s been a childhood dream of mine to design part of Blackpool Illuminations

Professor Finney, from Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications, added: “Lancaster University is committed to local, regional and international public engagement, and we are really excited about this opportunity to create a unique and engaging visitor experience for this year’s Blackpool Illuminations.

"This project provides a great example of the creative and collaborative nature of modern Computer Science, and how it can transform our daily lives."

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