Three iconic UK lighthouses have been transformed with curiously delightful artistic projections, shining a light on Wirral, East Sussex, and Girvan on the Scottish coast.
Bidston Lighthouse has been transformed by the wonderfully creative mind of contemporary British artist, Claire Luxton, who has been inspired by the peculiar history and landscape of the lighthouse and its local area, as well as the natural world around us.
Commenting on her amazing creations, Claire Luxton said, “My practice has always had a deep connection to the ocean and nature, with its mystery something I have always been intrigued by.
“It’s a joy to find such beauty in the raw, unfiltered shorelines that fill me with inspiration. Working on this project with Hendrick’s Gin was such a special experience and felt really meaningful to bring home how much we take our coastline for granted.”
The breath-taking artworks include a mirage of stunning physical and digital creatives, bringing together a kaleidoscope of colour, transitions and charming vignettes:
Bidston Lighthouse, ‘The Shore’: Forever known as the lighthouse built further away from the sea than any other in the world, Bidston Lighthouse is a unique, intriguing beacon that dates to 1873, though there has been a lighthouse there since 1771.
From its local heritage, Wirral has seen inspiring discoveries from shipwrecks to treasure, and Bidston Lighthouse has long stood the test of time as a local saviour, becoming ‘The Shore’.
Artist, Claire Luxton worked in partnership on the project with the producers of Hendrick’s Gin who have recently launched their ‘Hendrick’s Neptunia Gin.’
James Keen, Senior Brand Manager at William Grant & Sons UK, said, “At Hendrick’s Gin, we aim to inspire the curious to seek out the unconventional – and what better way to celebrate the launch of Hendrick’s Neptunia Gin and the beauty of our coastlines that inspired the delicious liquid, than with stunning, intriguing art installations across the UK’s iconic lighthouses.”
All the Hendrick’s Neptunia Lighthouse installations will be live throughout the month of April, and the curious can seek out the outlandish experience from 7pm onwards at the following locations:
- The Shore at Bidston Lighthouse – Wilding Way, Bidston Hill, CH43 7RA
- The Siren at Belle Tout Lighthouse – Beachy Head Rd, Eastbourne, BN20 0AE
- The Haven at Girvan Harbour Lighthouse – Girvan Harbour, Girvan, KA26 9AJ
In homage to our beautiful coasts, Hendrick’s Gin has partnered with Project Seagrass , dedicated to the conservation of seagrass ecosystems, supporting with seagrass meadow restoration projects close to Scotland’s Girvan Harbour Lighthouse and the Hendrick’s Gin Palace. For more information visit www.projectseagrass.org