Photo: Gareth Cooper
No, that ominous photo above isn't a film still from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (our preferred alien-movie reference). It isn't crystal-clear photographic evidence of martian touchdown, but rather, just a cleverly lit art installation. Darn. By day, the 18-meter wide structure appears unassuming, even a bit clumsy, while at night, the project takes on a more menacing air.
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Located in East Lancashire, the Haslingden Halo Panopticon---or Halo, for short---is the most popular of the "Panopticons" art project, a series of installations sprinkled throughout the region's mountainous topography. Halo, which was designed by John Kennedy of LandLab, crowns a hill known as Top o'Slate, a reclaimed landfill site and part of 33 hectares of land being converted for public use in the area. The reason for Halo's popularity, of course, is its striking resemblance to a UFO frozen mid-landing/takeoff. Integral to the effect are the bands of blue LED lights that wrap the circular, dish-like structure, giving the seemingly floating object an ethereal spaceship glow (of the Spielbergian variation).
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