Manchester Trees Were Lit Up With Key Workers’ Faces Last Night

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Manchester Trees Were Lit Up With Key Workers’ Faces Last Night

A beautiful way to honour our key workers.

Officially launching just this week, Illuminos’ brand new projection art project pays tribute to the regions key workers, emblazoning their lovely faces onto 33 trees across the city centre.

Taking place in popular city centre spots such as Market Street, Manchester Cathedral and Stevenson Square, last night saw nine key workers honoured, and the projections have been caught on camera by the artists behind the project.

The fantastic project is set to run throughout the month of June, taking place across a series of evenings with the night skies providing the perfect backdrop for the lit-up greenery. The partnership between Illuminos, City of Trees and Hits Radio called on Manchester residents to nominate the key workers they thought deserved paying tribute to – and they’ve now revealed this week’s schedule revealing some of the names of those selected.

Speaking of the project, Rob Vale, artist with Illuminos explains “Sentinels is our response to the coronavirus outbreak, and a way of using our artistic practice as celebration of those people who must continue to work – steadfast and unwavering, through this crisis. Across Greater Manchester, key workers continue their vital activity – they are the sentinels – guardians of our wellbeing, and the human evidence of the pandemic we all face.”

Adding: “The growth of these urban trees – the green against the grey – remind us of the life force of the many key workers that carry us through these difficult times. By forming each tree via video projection into living portraits, their actions can be celebrated – sentinels stood proud in the city.”


Sarah Nurton from City of Trees added; “We hope this will be a fitting way to recognize and celebrate some of Greater Manchester’s amazing keyworkers. Each tree has its own unique character and we aim to match that with those nominated in a truly unique tribute”.

Check out this week’s schedule below:

  • Friday 19th June – Canal St, Sackville Gardens, Vimto Park
  • Sunday 21st June – St Ann’s Church, Albert Square, Bridgewater, Chinatown, Piccadilly Gardens, Tariff Street, Stevenson Square
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