Commonwealth games event

Saracen Primary School pupils Kai Gorman and Emily Forrester who set off the dazzling display.
Saracen Primary School pupils Kai Gorman and Emily Forrester who set off the dazzling display.

Hundreds of people turned out to light up Springburn’s iconic Winter Gardens at sunset last Thursday as part of a huge 
international arts project.

The Tin Forest is a National Theatre of Scotland venture for the Commonwealth Games 2014 cultural programme.

The local community was invited to Springburn Park 
to illuminate the run-down grade A-listed Victorian building.

The event was timed to coincide with the official transition from winter to spring - chosen by the theatre company to mark the area’s rich 
cultural and industrial past - and to signal fresh hope for the future.

Two pupils from Saracen Primary, Kai Gorman and Emily Forrester, planted a ceremonial seed in the park which set off a dazzling sound and light display.

A theatre spokesman said: “More than 300 people turned out – it was freezing cold but brilliant!”

Local schoolchildren and community groups provided pop-up theatre and poetic performances before the five-minute light show, which brought the Victorian building – one of Scotland’s largest glasshouses – back to life.

Young and old brought homemade lanterns and wrote wishes for the future on luggage tags tied to the park railings.

The Waiting Room stage set and The Clippy ticket inspector from the days of the trams, who appeared at the shopping centre last week, attracted a queue of visitors.

Members of the theatre’s creative teams are working in post-industrial communities across Glasgow, including Springburn, until June.

The Tin Forest project takes inspiration from the book of the same name by children’s author Helen Ward about an old man who turns a junkyard into a flourishing forest

The spokesman added: “We have been inviting people to tell the industrial story of Glasgow’s past and to look forward to its future as a vibrant, creative city.”