Spectacular art installation transforms Plas Heli into local beacon

The artwork at Plas Heli (image by EWA Architects)

A spectacular light show art installation has been launched at Plas Heli, Pwllheli, supported by Gwynedd Council.


The Plas Heli Art Project is the work of north Wales-based artists Jessica Lloyd-Jones and Ant Dickinson and will permanently illuminate the new National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, with the lights changing colour and brightness in reaction to wind strength and direction.


The artists have taken inspiration from the colours used in the Beaufort Scale – the system used to measure wind strength and is essential for sailors the world over – and the installation will highlight the distinctive architectural design of Plas Heli.


The artwork has been made possible by energy efficient LED illuminations on the main hall of the Sailing Academy and wind meters mounted on the roof of the building.


As part of this art project, Plas Heli also features specially designed projection mapping installation which includes images of Pwllheli’s sailing heritage, past and present, contributed by the community.


The dramatic artwork has been funded by the Arts Council for Wales and promises to be an eye-catching addition to the £8.9 million National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, which has been built with support from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council.


Artist Jessica Lloyd-Jones said: “It’s great to see people’s reaction to the lighting changing colour; especially children as it really captures their imagination. People are calling this the largest anemometer in the world! We hadn’t thought of it like that until it was pointed out.”


Councillor Mandy Williams-Davies, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy, added: “The arts project has definitely raised the profile of the building and has given the local community an opportunity to become part of the building and its activities.”


Stephen Tudor, the Chairman of Plas Heli added: “The creative lighting generates a wonderful atmosphere inside Plas Heli as well as making the centre a beacon in the night harbour sky. It can be enjoyed by visitors inside Plas Heli as well as those passing by along the inner harbour.”