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SS Great Britain opens new Iron Island ‘underwater’ immersive installation


An immersive underwater experience has opened at one of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks.

Iron Island, an installation of light and sound, is now open to the public at the SS Great Britain.

Featuring projection mapped imagery around the bow of the ship and poetry by Salli Katebe, the dry dock has been turned into a spectacle with crashing waves, jelly fish and icebergs.

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Visitors begin the experience by walking beneath the ‘glass sea’, where they will encounter sea life and stormy conditions to the soundtrack of ocean sounds composed by Joe Acheson.

SS Great Britain describes it as a “journey through underwater worlds”, created by design studio Limbic Cinema.

Audiences are taken on a multi-sensory journey of three acts as themes of discovery, migration and freedom are explored in the narrative around the ship, written for the installation by Katebe.

Events depicted through the storytelling are developed from passenger diaries, providing visitors with a sense of how life would have been throughout the vessel’s dramatic history.

Iron Island opened on Monday (August 23) and will be available to view until the installation ends on September 19.

Scroll through the gallery below for a glimpse of what it looks like:

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