The unique moving light display set to illuminate streets of Greater Manchester town

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It all ends with a pop-up display after five nights.

A light display with a difference is to visit the streets of Eccles at the end of the month. The Mystery Bird art installation will travel along 50 residential roads in the Salford town on January 23 to 27 from 5pm to 7.30pm each evening, including a visit to the town centre and St Mary’s Church.

Streets will be illuminated by the bright, colourful light exhibition surrounding a beautiful bird cage as enticing projections of the captured birds escaping are scattered across homes and buildings. A rousing soundscape will accompany the display, adding a dash of surrealism to the town’s magical attempt at celebrating the beginning of an ambitious regeneration project throughout Eccles.

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Salford City Councillor Hannah Robinson-Smith, executive support member for culture, said: “Mystery Bird is an exciting project all about bringing people together; across the community and in the town centre.”

The creative collaboration features intricate details and designs throughout. Paper artist Helen Musselwhite, vocalist Jason Singh, and video projection artists Illuminos are just three of the wide production team bringing the unique installation to the streets of Eccles.

The moving moment will begin in Peel Green on Tuesday, January 23 and make its way along three more areas before its final visit the following Saturday in Eccles Town Centre. Here, a pop up display will be in place for half an hour just outside of the historical St Mary’s Church.

Where can I see the Mystery Bird installation?

The exciting exhibition will embark on its journey across 50 streets in Eccles on Tuesday 23 January and continue until January 27, so if you are hoping to catch a glimpse of the magical bird cage, you are in luck.

  • Tuesday 23: Peel Green
  • Wednesday 24: Winton
  • Thursday 25: Patricroft
  • Friday 26: Barton
  • Saturday 27: Church Street and Eccles Town Centre

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