Over a thousand tweets to turn the 'Light Fantastic'

After six weeks and over a thousand tweets to change the colour of the Melville Monument, Edinburgh’s interactive Light Fantastic installation in St Andrew Square glared red on its final night (Tuesday 29 April) in support of Nepal.

Over 100 Edinburgh residents and businesses joined forces to shine their support in the colour of the Nepalese flag and Mercy Corps Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

The light project was launched by the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh International Science Festival on 12 March to celebrate the Capital’s age of enlightenment and the United Nations International Year of Light.

Designed to allow passersby to ‘tweet the #LightFantastic’ and change the face of the city centre monument at night, fans of Pink Floyd made the monument pink to celebrate Think Floyd the tribute band performing at the Playhouse; football fans competed to turn the monument the colour of their local teams; and St Patrick’s Day revellers came together to light the monument green.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s Festivals and Events Champion, said: “Light Fantastic was a welcome splash of colour, especially during the last remaining months of darkness before the city started bursting into spring. Because it was interactive, we had people from all over the world taking part to celebrate the Capital’s enlightenment.

“It is poignant that just before we turned the lights out, the Edinburgh community showed support for Nepal following Saturday’s terrible earthquake by shining it red. Next year, we will continue to relight the Square and plan to offer something a little bit different.”

Colour by numbers

  • The City of Edinburgh Council’s Twitter account received a total of 1,290 votes to change the colour of the monument over the six week installation.
  • On the last night of the campaign, 123 votes were cast to turn the monument red for the colour of the Nepalese flag and the Mercy Corps Earthquake Appeal, making it the most voted for shade on any one night.
  • Edinburgh’s favourite colour option over the course of the installation was a rainbow effect, followed by solid blue which was also boosted by supportive tweets for World Autism Awareness Week in April.
For more information about the project, visit the Light Fantastic page.


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