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The Halo, Rossendale RIBA Competitions

The Halo

Competition | Past

​The Halo

The Panopticons competition was launched in May 2003 and aimed to exploit the large areas of the East Lancashire Park as a matrix of opportunities to bring local people closer to the countryside and attract more tourists to the area.

Open Infrastructure

Designed by LandLab, The Halo is a 18m diameter steel lattice structure which lights up after dark using low-energy LEDs.

The Halo is an artwork set on a site, known as top 'o' slate, overlooking the town of Haslingden in Rossendale, positioned to be clearly visible from the M66 and A56. It is an 18m-diameter steel lattice structure supported on a tripod five metres above the ground.

The core is open at the top, framing views of the sky. It is lit after dark using low-energy LEDs, powered by an adjacent wind turbine and glows a vivid blue colour, giving the effect of hovering, like a space craft above the town.

The idea of the Panopticons in high places is to raise awareness both of the grand lateral sweeps of the ELP and the extreme proximity of this natural resource to the town centres; a place to reflect on the beauty in the urban and rural vistas.

As a result four large-scale sculptures were commissioned, designed and constructed over a six year period for the districts of Blackburn, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale.

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