After four days and thousands of visitors, Aberdeen’s light festival has come to an end.
SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s Festival of Light, saw some of the world’s best-known national and international audio visual artists create installations to light up the city.
For the first time, the event was held on multiple sites including its original home in Union Terrace Gardens, St Nicholas Kirkyard, Marischal College and the art studio 17 in Belmont Street.
Today Councillor Angela Taylor, convener of Aberdeen City Council’s education and children’s services committee, hailed SPECTRA a huge success.
She said: “It’s been a fantastic success – free interactive fun for all.
“The bad weather didn’t appear to put people off and it’s been very well received.
“It has allowed us to showcase our architecture.”
One of the most visited attractions was The Pool, a spectacular installation which comprises of 40,000 LED lights and computerised pads.
Created by world-renowned light and interactive sculptor Jen Lewin, it had people running and jumping, mixing and adding light together.
Cllr Taylor said the Union Terrace Gardens piece was one of her own favourites.
Visitors also enjoyed seeing the historic graveyard of St Nicholas Kirk which had transformed into a meditative light garden.
Cllr Taylor said the use of fog and spray to create an “eerie” atmosphere at the Mither Kirk had also captured imaginations.
Evening Express photographer Darrell Benns captured some of the attractions on video.
Another top attraction was an artwork that allowed people to project their own image on to everything from movie stars to angels with wings.
Cllr Taylor said: “Children and adults had fabulous fun watching their projections.”
She also welcomed the illumination of figures like architect Archibald Simpson and opera singer Mary Garden as a way of encouraging people to discover the city’s history.
The education convener said she hoped money could be found to allow SPECTRA to return for a fourth year.
She added: “We need to embrace culture.”