Christmas is written in the stars of St Nicholas Market art installation

Christmas is written in the stars of St Nicholas Market art installation

Stars are brightly shining on Bristol’s Old City as part of a programme of artist commissions celebrating the pedestrianisation of the area.

21 December 2021

Image: Lorne Kramer @under_the_wing_productions

Created by Bristol-based design company Designs in Air, the set of ten inflatable glowing stars have been hung from the roof of the Glass Arcade at St Nicholas Market to create a unique light installation for market visitors to enjoy day and night.

The stars are the final installation of the art programme aimed at celebrating the work that has been done to improve the city centre for pedestrians and encouraging visitors to explore the area on foot.

Visitors to the market will be able to enjoy the stars until mid to late January 2022.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This final Christmas-themed installation rounds off an exciting programme of commissions from some renowned artists, many of which have been Bristol-based.

“The featured artwork has been a fantastic way to celebrate the works carried out to transform the Old City. We wanted to attract more residents and visitors to explore the area on foot and to find out more about its history.

“St Nicholas Market is a popular part of the Old City and the pedestrianisation of the area has seen improvements for both businesses and visitors, including a higher footfall for the traders.

“Thank you to all of the artists involved in creating such fantastic pieces of work and showcasing our Old City.”

Luke Egan, Director/Designer at Designs in Air, commented: "We are delighted to be showcasing some of our signature stars in such a beautiful and historic building in our hometown of Bristol. These bright, fun, colour- changing sculptures bring an immersive festive experience to the iconic St Nick's Market and we can't wait for the public to enjoy them whilst browsing through the delicious food quarter."

Cameron Cheek, Markets and Estates Operations Manager at Bristol City Council, added: “The art installation within the Glass Arcade is an exceptional display, accentuating the heritage aspects of St Nicholas Market and celebrating a busy public area occupied by some of Bristol’s most popular independent traders.”

Additional installations in Old City as part of the programme have included ‘Look Up, Look Down’, Old City Flags and the St John on the Wall mural.

Visitors are asked to please wear a face covering, unless exempt, when inside St Nicholas Market and the Glass Arcade – particularly if it is busy - and continue to wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitiser.

If you are planning on visiting the lights and doing some shopping, we encourage you to take a lateral flow (rapid) test before you leave home, and please do not come into town or mix with people if you’re feeling unwell. Mild illness for you could be really serious for someone else.

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