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This is an abstract image of 'The Brilliance Scheme' in Birley Street, Blackpool. There are six stainless steel arches spanning across the street with sound and light projectors built into them. This was part of a £3.5m 'regeneration by light' scheme for the town centre. However, Birley street is populated on one side by banks and on the other by cheap "poundland" type shops, which perhaps is a visual metaphor for the times we live in and maybe the sound and light show is there to symbolise the party that the bankers are having at everyone else's expense these days. The stone columns in the window at the end of the archway are in fact the windows of the Yorkshire bank - in Lancashire too - how very dare they!

Sadly, in contrast, the lights that Blackpool is most famous for, the Blackpool Illuminations, are now somewhat less than spectacular due to a lack of funds. Ironically, the bonus of just one banker would return them to their former glory.

During my visit there was a fierce storm lashing the shore of Blackpool and all of the lights went out later in the evening as a result of a power cut.

I walked back to my car with waves crashing over the sea wall at the south end of the promenade and was drenched to the skin by them. My camera bag was soaked too, though gladly my camera remained dry. How we suffer for our art!

Enjoy.

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Additional Photos by Michael Wright (mjw364) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 530 W: 6 N: 1440] (7292)
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