SLIDESHOW: Artist shows off her frame of mind

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Thinking outside the box helped an artist to create a unique art exhibition exploring the power of the human brain.

The ‘Brain Container’ is a giant interactive light-box showcasing 36 lit, moving acrylic discs featuring images of the brain, sited on Queen’s Promenade, North Shore.

New art installation  by artist Jo Berry opens on Blackpool Promenade

New art installation by artist Jo Berry opens on Blackpool Promenade

Designed by artist Jo Berry, the customised cargo container, installed by Blackpool Council’s Illuminations teams, forms part of this year’s offerings on the Promenade, which Lights bosses hope will get visitors up close and personal with displays.

The discs, which feature images of the human brain, are made up of a series of laser cut coloured Perspex panels that have been glued together and cast in clear acrylic from a series of design drawings.

Coun Christine Wright, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for culture and heritage, said: “The Brain Container is another fine addition to our Illuminations display.

“It continues our efforts to try to make the Illuminations display more interactive by getting people out of their cars and onto the Promenade to explore displays.

“I thank Jo Berry for coming up with such an exciting and challenging concept.”

Lancashire-born artist Ms Berry used to visit the Lights as a child and in 2012 she designed the Fluted Pylons sited near the Cenotaph and North Pier, which were inspired by the original Fluted Pylons of 1912, for the Illuminations Centenary Celebrations.

For her latest project, Ms Berry has used digital drawings from neuroimages - pictures which show the brain’s function – to create designs in response to work by psychiatrist Dr Lena Palaniyappan, who works with young people experiencing psychosis for the first time. Dr Palaniyappan uses the images to better understand the condition.

The artist also worked with Arts For Health groups in Blackpool and Nottingham, where she is artist in residence at Lakeside, the University of Nottingham’s public arts centre.

She said: “The people I worked with were magnificent and very creative.

“They produced a wide range of rich, beautiful and witty artwork, creative writing and light boxes.”

The display is set to music by composer Angela Slater and a young poet, James Nunn-Menson, who Jo met through the Psychosis Research Advisory Group held at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham, has also penned a response to the work.

It is open on Queen’s Promenade, opposite the former Miner’s Home, now.

The project was Lottery funded through Arts Council England and supported by Blackpool Council, the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health.