Smiths Hire Embark On Alien Odyssey

Yes, you read it here first – there are actually Aliens in Blackpool! Renowned designer, Jack Irving inspired giant alien sea Gods no less! Not only that but they are hiring their Powered Access from Smiths Hire! Read all about the new Odyssey immersive installation on Blackpool promenade here.

Here at Smiths Hire, we are always up for a challenge and working with sea aliens may be up there with one of our weirdest requests to date but there’s no job too big or too small for us!

We were thrilled to spot one of our vast fleet of articulated booms on Blackpool’s promenade at the Tower Festival Headland, assisting with the largest light installation ever created for the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations.

The installation named Odyssey, will comprise of six large scale towers combined with state-of-the-art technology to create an immersive projection show themed on undiscovered creatures lurking in the depths of the deep sea.

The art collaboration was part of a design competition which was jointly won by artist Jack Irving (previously produced costumes for Lady Gaga and the Hot Ice Show at Blackpool Pleasure Beach) and Professor Finney’s team of computer scientists at Lancaster University. The installation will create a 15-minute interactive experience for visitors on the Promenade floor where alien sea creatures will swim and swirl around their feet followed by an ‘out of this world’ light and sound show created by the towers and 60 powerful lasers!

Luckily our Genie Z-60 Boom Lift was on hand to help complete the Odyssey installation. With its working height of 21m it’s the perfect way to access the 3,500 metres of LED lighting and the top of the tallest of the Greek mythology inspired towers – ‘Aphrodite’ which stands at 11 metres high and 7 metres wide!

And if you are planning a similar Odyssey adventure of your own (or even if it’s a more modest project!) look no further than Smiths Hire to help you. We offer fantastic deals on cherry picker hire or scissor lift rentaltool hire, plus many more services and we’ve been providing these for more than 50 years. We operate from 16 tool hire depots across the North West and Yorkshire, including several in major hubs like Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. Plus, we also have our National Customer Support Centre based at our Head Office in Blackpool. That means we can supply powered access machines to locations across the UK. Wherever you’re based in the country, you can rely on us to supply you with everything you need to get the job done.

You can visit the Odyssey experience during the extended Illuminations season which end on January 2, 2023. For full information on the installation, please click here to read about it on the Visit Blackpool website.