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Dress rehearsal in Minster for Illuminating York festival
YORK Minster was ablaze with moving colours after it closed its doors to the public yesterday as the pillars and roof of the nave were transformed into a moving kaleidoscope of images.
Those in on the secret found themselves transformed as they walked around the cathedral and the lights played on their clothes and faces.
Artist Andy McKeown was running a dress rehearsal of his contribution to this year’s Illuminating York festival.
But the public will have to wait until October 31 to see his work. It was a strictly behind closed doors trial, but The Press was given a special preview so readers can get a sense of what will be on public display in a few weeks’ time.
Some of the illuminations will be around the Orb, York Minster’s new stained glass exhibition which will open on October 27 and which will feature stained glass masterpieces.
Mr McKeown, who trained in ceramics and photography before moving into computer generated art projects, has worked with West Ham United, Channel 4 Schools, Granada and Oxford University Press, among others. He is based in the West Midlands.
Illuminating York runs from October 31 to November 2.
The annual festival, during which many of the city’s best known buildings and landmarks are illuminated, draws more than 60,000 visitors a year to the city.
In previous years, York Minster’s West Front has been lit up, but this year, the illuminations will be indoors.