Beaming art into Castle Park this winter

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Beam light installation on Castle Bridge, Bristol

Image: Beam light installation at Castle Bridge Bristol © Andre Pattenden

An ambitious new artwork designed by Bristol-based creatives PYTCH will be showing at Bristol Light Festival 2023, launching this Friday 3 February. Located at Castle Bridge, Beam will use lasers and haze to create a beautiful, ever-changing light sculpture.

About Beam light installation

Creative Director at PYTCH and UWE Bristol Creative Media Design alum Tom Benoy is leading on the project.

“The aim of the piece is to create a feeling of euphoria. Using lasers on this scale in a public space has allowed us to expand the dimensions of our work and try something new and exciting,”

he explains.
Tom Benoy working in PYTCH studio

Visitors can become fully immersed as they cross the bridge, enveloped in haze whilst looking up at the lasers crossing in the air above. Ambient music forms part of the experience. View it from afar too and enjoy Bristol’s floating harbour illuminated and the impressive lasers meeting and crossing in the air above the bridge.

Beam, PYTCH (artistic impression)

 “We were keen to do something to help our fantastic city, and we’re always looking for new creative challenges,”

Tom said.

The festival showcases a collection of local, national and internationally renowned light artists.  As well as bolstering Bristol’s creative reputation, this winter event helps the city to have a positive start to the new year.

Ophelia, Studio McGuire
Scream the House Down: Bristol, Marcus Lyall
Trumpet Flowers, Amigo & Amigo
Halo, illumaphonium

More about Bristol Light Festival

Bristol Light Festival is organised by Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID), a not-for-profit organisation working to make Bristol an even better place to live, work, study and spend leisure time.

Head of Bristol City Centre BID, Vicky Lee, said

“We are thrilled to have such a fantastic line up this year. The event embodies everything that Bristol represents and highlights it as the vibrant, playful and creative city that we know and love.”

Brighten up your cold winter evening with a light and colour-filled walk through Bristol Light Festival, on for 10 days from Friday 3 – Sunday 12 February. Across the evenings from 15:00 – 22:00, the 11 installations will shine a light in a few unexpected places as well as illuminating some of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks across the city, creating a free trail through the city’s centre.

For a full list of installations, maps and details visit

Bristol Light Festival is presented by Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) supported by Redcliffe & Temple BID and Broadmead BID. The festival is also supported by Cabot Circus, Bristol’s City Centre & High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme, which is funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England’s Combined Authority’s Love our High Streets project, with the aim of supporting the recovery of Bristol’s priority high streets. The festival is curated by creative director Katherine Jewkes.


PYTCH are a creative events production service based in Bristol with a forward-thinking ethos. They have produced over 4000 live events from conferences to awards shows, product launches to exhibitions and one-off experiential events. The company regularly employs UWE Bristol graduates and has close links to our audio technology Audio and Music Technology and Creative Music Technology courses, hosting placements and visits.

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