Art installations to light up the February nights

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With the days slowly starting to get longer, it seems that some artists are keen to make the most of the winter nights while they can. This month sees the opening of several fantastic light installations across Scotland, each one designed to brighten up the dark February evenings and add a splash of colour to both urban and natural landscapes.

In Edinburgh, visual artist Bruce Munro has transformed St Andrew’s Square into his Field of Light, a wonderful large-scale installation composed of thousands of colour-changing bulbs. Having already appeared in various locations in the UK and America, this is Munro’s first work in Scotland and the field’s first appearance in an urban landscape. Vivid yet ethereal, it’s a beautiful addition to a lovely area of the city, with the floodlit shop fronts and Georgian buildings surrounding the square really adding to the overall effect of the piece.

Not to be outshone, Aberdeen is hosting an entire festival dedicated to incandescent installations. SPECTRA: Aberdeen Festival of Light opens for its first ever edition from 6 – 9 February and will see the Granite City with bright lights and unique artworks. Take a walk through the Light Garden in Union Terrace Gardens, filled with 2,000 LED flowers created by local primary school pupils, or explore the city’s lesser-walked streets on a technicolour Reclaim the Night march on Thursday 6 February.

This week also marks the return of Electric Glen, an enchanting sound and light show in Rouken Glen Park, less than 20 minutes’ drive from Glasgow. Part of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme, this year’s edition once again takes visitors on a magical after-dark adventure deep into the illuminated glen. Visits are available from 5.30pm to 7.50pm on 6 – 9 and 13 – 16 February. Tickets are selling out fast, so get yours quickly!

Finally, there’s still time to catch Edinburgh University’s exhibition of the radiant Terracotta Warrior lanterns, on display at Old College until 7 February. Share your photos of these fantastic installations with us on twitter, Facebook or instagram using the hashtag #brilliantmoments, and find more great art exhibitions around the country on our events page.

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Sophie Cameron

Content Executive at VisitScotland
Originally from the Black Isle, Sophie lives in Edinburgh and spends most of her time reading, running and roaming around Scotland.