art installation lets you control lasers in the sky

Did you miss it in Brighton? Well, you’ve got another chance to catch Laser Light City as the interactive art installation returns to Sussex to land on Worthing Pier.

The brainchild of BAFTA award-winning Brighton-based artist Seb Lee-Delisle, this enlightening (ahem) event puts people in charge of super-bright sky lasers over the seaside town.

You might already be familiar with Seb’s work – he projected ‘thank you’ messages on Sussex Heights and the i360 for NHS workers as part of Clap for Carers earlier this year. But now’s your chance to get involved.

Fancy it? This Thursday and Friday you’ll be able to see the light show from all along Worthing seafront and even further afield if the weather is decent.

And if you want to practise your laser-looping skills, grab your smartphone and go to the Laser Light City website on Thursday/Friday between 6pm and 11pm. At the start time, you’ll be able to connect to the interactive website for the chance to take control. Once you’re in, you’ll be able to (safely) control one – or all – of the six powerful lasers shining out from Worthing Pier.

You can move the lasers by tapping your phone’s screen and dragging them around, and you’ll also be able to change the shape and colour of the beam. A bit like a way more exciting version of drawing patterns in the air with a sparkler.


Obviously, it won’t just be you wanting in, so you may need to wait your turn. But a little wait is well worth it for the ultimate power, right? After all, it’s not every day you get to control a mammoth piece of tech like this for free.

And if you’d rather just watch the show and you can’t make it to the seafront, you should still be able to see the sky lasers from other parts of town, too (assuming it’s not too cloudy). Try heading higher up or to a wide open space near the seafront, such as Steyne Gardens or Goring Gap. You can get some more viewing tips here.

The event has visited several cities around the UK, but what prompted the idea in the first place? “Community events have become so few and far between because of coronavirus. I wanted to do something […] that enables people to express their creativity in a unique and playful way. The idea was to do something fun and beautiful which we all create together. It’s also naturally suited to social distancing because all you have to do is look up,” said Seb. 

Don’t miss out, we reckon this is going to be a pretty memorable experience whether you’re showcasing your laser creations or admiring the view.

Worthing Seafront
Thursday 10th and Friday 11th December, 6pm – 11pm

Image credit: Michael Steven Harris (feature image)