Studio Vertigo

Studio Vertigo is a collaboration between Lucy McDonnell and Stephen Newby, who work internationally to create light installations and sculpture.

Their work questions the relationship between objects, viewers, and their environment, and previously their work has been commissioned for Amsterdam Light Festival, Lumiere Durham, DNLights, Nightfall, and the Uppsala Light Festival in Sweden. 

Spin me a Yarn is a light-hearted and playful artwork that is accessible for all visitors, providing a vibrant, colourful and immersive experience over a large area by night but also one that has the same engagement during the day as a sculptural ball of white yarn.

The artwork is a very large luminous ball constructed with neon flex, viewers discover and follow the long trail of glowing yarn to reach the ball and experience the artwork gradually, to allow for social distancing.

During these challenging times, it can help to take joy in the fun and surprising things.

There are a number of smaller natural interactions along the route that the yarn can provide depending on the landscape at the time, such as being wrapped around lampposts or trees, tied in a knot, or in a playful way such as an impromptu cat’s cradle.


A nova is a strong, rapid increase in the brightness of a star. Novae are now known to be caused by a star briefly re-igniting after having lain dormant for many years. But what if it re-ignites, what great spectacle will unfold?

This large-scale artwork is intended to be beautiful and captivating as a stand-alone piece, while also ‘coming to life’ with smoke and programmed lighting effects emanating from the core of the star as it awakens.

The artwork is based around the mythical Star of the East which astronomers now believe to be a nova (a transient astronomical event that causes the sudden appearance of a bright, seemingly new star). The idea is to provide an artwork recognisable as a nova or ‘new’ star, and a large-scale, dazzling experience for the audience.


Spin me a Yarn 

Lightscape, Chicago Botanic Garden

Christmas at Dunham Massey


Christmas at Kew