Link - Sun Mirror 2004 (For Sale)


This is a personal website for Sarah Myerscough. It does not represent the views of, nor is it endorsed by, Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool Council, Visit Blackpool or Blackpool Pleasure Beach.


Every time an artist dies, part of the vision of mankind passes with him.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Quote for the Day" by Bozz Software

Making of a Blackpool Illumination

Photo - Sarah Myerscough (me) spray painting CupideThis section is intended to show the process involved in making 3D models for Blackpool Illuminations. To illustrate the process I'll be using a set of photographs of Cupide from the Decodance 2007 road feature, which was designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen for the 2007 Illuminations.

This isn't a detailed technical explanation of all aspects of the process as I'm an artist, not a qualified joiner, electrician or fitter. I might ask some of the guys at work whether they want to write something more detailed on the technical side, but for now there should be enough to give you a good idea of what's involved.

Select a link from the menu to view the various stages of making a Blackpool Illumination.

Link - Concept and Design

Concept and Design

Finding a great idea

Link - Drawing and Carving

Drawing and Carving

Creating a model based on the design

Link - Moulding and Casting

Moulding and Casting

Creating a mould from which multiple fibreglass casts can be taken

Link - Electrics and Framework

Electrics and Framework

Adding the all important light fittings and framework

Link - Painting


Adding the colour to provide that Illumination's magic

Link - Erection and Switch-On

Erection and Switch-On

Taking their place on Blackpool promenade

YouTube Video

As well as my own photographs, why not take a look at this excellent video posted on YouTube showing the Sirens features being made in 2005. I think it must have been filmed just before I started work at the Illuminations.

Thanks to CrackedButter for posting it! Let me know your real name and I'll add a proper credit.