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Catherine Garret / Top’là Design (France)

Animation: Domenico Spano
Soundtrack: Laurent Frick

Mysticète was originally commissioned for Fête des Lumières, Lyon

Location: River Wear, North of Pennyferry Bridge. Best viewed from the riverbank beyond the Radisson Hotel

A whale majestically emerges from the Wear

Catch a glimpse of a colossal Baleen Whale in an unexpected environment. Top’là Design’s remarkably life-like 3D water-screen projection of this endangered species makes a splash at Lumiere again this year. Reminding us of the vulnerable beauty of nature, Mysticète highlights our duty to protect the Earth’s creatures,  a message that’s more pertinent now than ever before. The installation is accompanied by a mesmerising soundtrack by Laurent Frick.

If you were at Lumiere in 2013, you might remember Top’là’s Elephantastic stomping over Elvet Bridge.

About Catherine Garret and Top’là Design

Founded by visual artist Catherine Garretin 2012, the design agency Top’là combine imagination and innovative digital technology to create events and art installations in the public realm.

Accessibility Information

From Freemans Quay / Pennyferry bridge

View from outside Radisson

From Milburngate: Tarmac footpath with uneven surface tactile paving and dropped kerbs

Pennyferry Bridge: access between Framwelgate Waterside and Freeman’s Place. Access to the bridge is by either steps or ramp. There are 16 steps with highlighted nosings.  Ramped access has an incline with 2 stopping points (no seats) and handrails.

Artwork description: Projection with an accompanying gentle soundtrack.

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installations for personal use, please note that the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.


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