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Exeter Cathedral lit up with animation

Exeter Cathedral has been lit up by an animation showcasing the history of the city.

The cathedral's north aspect was illuminated on Saturday night by images of the city's history, from the Vikings to World War II bombers.

The animation, called Isca Obscura, was the centrepiece of the Animated Exeter film festival.

London-based visual artists Tundra made the animation and Portishead singer Beth Gibbons wrote the music.

The last performance of the animation at the cathedral was on Sunday night.

It was complemented by visual effects created by students from i-DAT, the Digital Research Group at the University of Plymouth.

Phil Gibby, South West director for the Arts Council England, said: "Animated Exeter encourages new audiences to experience digital arts and is an important event for the creative economy of Exeter and further afield.

"I think that the historic cathedral building provides a spectacular backdrop to cutting edge digital art."

The festival also featured workshops hosted by animators Joanna Quinn, Alan Gilbey and Mary Murphy.

Dean of the cathedral, the Very Reverend Jonathan Meyrick, said: "I am delighted that the city's premiere historic building has been used for this modern portrayal of the city's history.

"The animation shows up particularly well against the stone of the cathedral."

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