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Spectacular light installation to open at Sheffield Cathedral

The countdown to Sheffield Cathedral’s next light installation is on with the award-winning Luxmuralis, who brought The Angels are Coming to the Cathedral for Christmas, set to open The Observatory on March 13.


Fresh from the success of The Angels are Coming, the interior of Sheffield Cathedral will be transformed once more for another eight days of incredible illuminations. Visitors will be wowed as they wander through the Cathedral on a walking journey that will take them to the edge of the universe and back.

Set to bespoke music throughout, The Observatory will be a spectacular immersive experience. Light artworks projected onto the interior of the Cathedral will expose the beauty of one of Sheffield’s oldest buildings. Visitors will also have the chance to see original footage of the first moon landing in 1969, experience walking on Mars, wonder about the creation story and the Big Bang theory and view a dazzling image of the Earth as seen from space under a galaxy of stars.

The Observatory is the latest in a series of events for the Cathedral. These are being delivered in partnership with Luxmuralis Artistic Collaborations, and form part of a three-year programme of fresh and creative engagement projects that started with The Angels Are Coming last December.

The Very Reverend Peter Bradley, DL The Dean of Sheffield said: “It was a big decision for the Cathedral to commit to The Angels are Coming but we’re so glad we did. The response from the people of Sheffield and further afield was incredible. More than 11,500 people visited our Cathedral, many of whom had not been in the Cathedral before. It was wonderful to see so many families here. So we are thrilled to be working with Peter Walker and the Luxmuralis team again for The Observatory and can’t wait to see the Cathedral transformed again through imaginative use of light, sound and digital imagery.”

The Reverend Canon Keith Farrow, Vice Dean and Canon Missioner added: “2020 is Year of Cathedrals and Cathedrals have been an attraction for people over many hundreds of years. These amazing buildings hold something special within them in the beauty of the architecture and the hugely interesting history and heritage story. They tell of local and national events and are places of prayer and spirituality. It is our hope that events such as The Observatory will attract many people, both old and new visitors, to experience the wonder of this place as never before.”

The Observatory runs from 13 – 20 March. Tickets are on sale from the Cathedral website or in person from the Cathedral Gift Shop and are priced £6 for adults, £4 for children (aged 4 to 12), children aged 3 and under FREE. A family ticket is £17.50 (2 adults and 2 children).

First entry to the Cathedral will be at 6:40pm and then every 20 minutes thereafter. Last entry at 9pm. Allow approximately 1 hour for the whole experience. For a carer ticket, contact Sheffield Cathedral.


For more information and to book tickets, go to the Sheffield Cathedral website at sheffieldcathedral.org or visit the Cathedral Gift Shop.

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