Plas Heli

Project: Plas Heli: Public Art Commission
Location: Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales
Cost: £120,000 + VAT (Public Art cost from £8.9m overall
Architect: Ellis Williams Architects (EWA)
Client: Gwynedd Council
Artist: Jessica Lloyd-Jones & Ant Dickinson

Lighting Consultants: LITE

Site Programme: 9 months
Atoll Service: Public Art Consultant for EWA on behalf of Gwynedd CC
Project Status: Completed September 2015

Awards: RSAW  Welsh Architecture Award 2016


Ian Banks acted as public art consultant and curator for the new £4m Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre at Pwllheli, North Wales. He acted for Gwynedd Council whilst working for architects EWA (Ellis Williams Architects). Curated public artworks involve the commissioning of wind-interactive LED lighting by  artist Jessica Loyd-Jones working in collaboration with artist Ant Dickinson and lighting consultants / sub contractors LITE.  The building was completed in September 2015.

Jessica Loyd-Jones‘s artwork was achieved through the design and installation by LITE of 305mm length iColor Fuse Powercore fixtures mounted within a recess behind the outer Danpalon Cladding and linked to an amBX Light-Scene Engine which takes direct data from the wind speed and direction monitor designed and supplied by Ant Dickinson. The dramatic artwork has been integrated within the £8.9m Plas Heli National Sailing Academy and Events Centre through part-funded by Arts Council of Wales, with overall support from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government and Gwynedd Council. The colours of the lighting, which is both interior and exterior, change according to the actual wind speed whilst a gap in colour moves around the circular building to reflect the wind direction. Inspired by the Beaufort Scale, used by sailors all over the world, the colours move in degrees through the colour range according to the wind speed measured in the roof of the building.

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Plas Heli Timelapse from Jessica Lloyd-Jones on Vimeo.

Plas Heli, Pwllheli – Welsh National Sailing Academy from M7aerial on Vimeo.

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