First Light by David Ogle. Photo by Dave Brown of Dave Brown Photography

We may be in lockdown. But this striking rising sun sculpture on the front of The Atkinson in Southport promises better days ahead. 

‘First Light’ was created by artist David Ogle, as part of the centre’s Festival Of Hope. 

It is particularly visible at night, for people walking past it along Lord Street. 

Local photographer Dave Brown, owner of Dave Brown Photography, was commissioned to take pictures of the artwork. 

An Atkinson spokesperson said: “Our galleries are closed, but you can still admire David Ogle’s installation on The Atkinson’s façade during your daily exercise. 

“Commissioned by Festival of Hope Sefton, the installation covers the front of The Atkinson in greenery, reflecting the length of time the building remained closed and dormant during the first Lockdown.

“Rising above the greenery is a striking, brightly lit, sun disk. The sun disk radiates positivity and hope of The Atkinson re-awakening, and illuminates the building after dark with its other-worldly form.”

The Atkinson, in collaboration with Hope Streets, Curious Minds and Blaze, is working with a group of Young Producers to create the Festival of Hope Sefton; a pioneering festival that places young people at the heart of design, making, programming and production.

The festival’s Young Producers are Sally Dugmore, Greg Hodge, Lisa McGrady, Max Regan and Shannon Weekes. 

Due to the current Covis-19 outbreak, the Young Producers have been presented with an opportunity to reflect the world around them and commission exciting artworks as well as accessible digital platforms.

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