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Wrexham police station to be illuminated for Wrexham Science Festival

Police station with pic 1

Wrexham’s police station tower has been transformed with a spectrum of colour to celebrate the Wrexham Science Festival 2012.

On selected evenings throughout the festival many of the tower’s windows will adopt a different colour, creating a multi-coloured spectacle as the sun sets over the town.

The light show will form part of ‘SPECTRUM’, a special Science Festival art in the community initiative being led by Mike Corcoran, a science writer and presenter at Techniquest Glynd┼Ár as well as a keen artist.

SPECTRUM will use art to bring to life the science of all things colour, featuring not only the police station illuminations but a ‘colour trail’ around the town and an installation created entirely by local school children on public display at Oriel Wrecsam.

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Mike said the project was all about making people look at the world in a different way.

He added: “When we look around us, we see colours everywhere. We see them every day but we take them for granted: people rarely stop and think ‘why is the sky blue?’, ‘why is grass green?’

“These may sound like simple questions, but their answers can reveal secrets about evolution, the make-up of our planet, the physics of light, even the workings of our own minds!

“Through SPECTRUM we hope to inspire people to take a closer look at the colours around them. We want to help people regain the inquisitive and curious eye of a child and to help them find inspiration in their environment – for us – that’s what the science festival is really all about.”

With North Wales Police granting use of the largely unoccupied police station tower to the SPECTRUM project, the installation is to be set up by local volunteers with materials donated by local arts organisation ‘THIS Project.’

The organisers are keen to make sure the project is to the benefit of the whole community, and any craft materials which can be recycled will be donated to local schools and arts groups upon its completion.

Wrexham Science Festival runs from Thursday 19 July to Friday 27 July and tickets are still available for most events.

To view a full line-up of events visit


  • Wrexham Science Festival, Wrexham Police Station Installation, Wrexham Town Centre Colour Trail runs from Thursday 19th – Friday 27th July.
  • Oriel Wrexham Installation runs from Saturday 20th – Wednesday 25th July. FREE ADMISSION (Opening Times: Sat – 9.30 – 4.00, Sun – Closed, Mon – Wed – 9.30 – 6.45)
  • Science Festival Contact:, 01978 293293
  • Mike Corcoran Contact: , 01978 293314
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