Light Fantastic

Over two nights iconic buildings across the city were illuminated to commemorate the amalgamation of the 'Three Towns' of Plymouth, Devonport and East Stonehouse in 1914. The buildings were illuminated with photos, images and memories that celebrated the last century.

Photograph of the light fantastic installation on Devonport GuildhallArtist: Illuminos
Category: Temporary
Date: 2014
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Commissioner: Plymouth City Council
Producer: Plymouth City Council
Partners: Real Ideas Organisation (RIO), Devonport Community Partnership, South West Film and Television Archive, Stonehouse Action, South West Image Bank, Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries (ICCI) at Plymouth University
Supporters: Arts Council England

 Project Description

Photograph of the hoe lit up my Illuminos installation.Historic landmark buildings were bought to life in a special two night event to mark this significant moment of city history 100 years on.

The projections were created by the artists Illuminos who worked alongside communities in each of the Three Town areas to capture and create content to inspire the final artwork.

On Friday 28 November 2014, community-inspired illuminations took place at Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse on The Hoe, Devonport Guildhall and the Palace Theatre in Stonehouse.

On Saturday 28 November 2014, a ‘Grand Finale’ projection took place at Plymouth Guildhall and the Civic Centre.

Find out more about the history of Plymouth’s Three Towns in the ‘Related Links’ below.

About the Artist

Illuminos is the artistic collaboration between brothers Matt and Rob Vale, who have been working together for over 10 years to create memorable, inventive artworks and theatre events.

Their work ranges from very large scale light installations to smaller scale film, but is always site specific and unique to its location and community. Through their close collaboration with communities they often highlight social histories and enable the public to see their environment in a new perspective.


  • Photograph of light installation on Devonport Guildhall
  • Light installation projected onto Palace theatre in Stonehouse
  • Photograph of the hoe lit up my Illuminos installation.