Starry night visible even during the day with the Coppergate Centre’s latest #Brollywalk

Starry night visible even during the day with the Coppergate Centre’s latest #Brollywalk

“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.” Van Gogh


This summer’s bright and colourful addition to the city centre is set to show the contrast between light and dark throughout August, with the installation of four Impressionist designs of umbrella in the Coppergate Centre’s latest #Brollywalk.


Taking inspiration from Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience which opened in York St Mary’s in early July, four paintings by Van Gogh and Monet will adorn the 36 umbrellas along Coppergate Walk to create a new look for the selfie hot-spot throughout August. Looking up, visitors will see The Starry Night and Starry Night Over the Rhone alongside Monet’s Water Lilies from 1907 and Wild Poppies, creating an umbrella gallery in the sky.


“The Brollywalk in Coppergate has become a tourist attraction in its own right, with many visitors making a special trip to catch a photo or selfie of the umbrellas, and with so many people heading our way for the new Van Gogh exhibition, it made perfect sense to add a touch of fine art to this month’s display,” comments centre manager, Pippa Unwin. “Whatever time of day you visit, and whatever the weather, for the next 30 days, you’ll know you only have to look up to see a starry night overhead!”


Summer is now in full swing in Coppergate, with the regular queues outside JORVIK Viking Centre, and the Wimbledon deckchairs on the central lawn now replaced by Van Gogh-themed deckchairs, providing a perfect haven for visitors whenever the sun shines. The lawn will host a summer live music spectacular on Saturday 24 August, when local artists will perform throughout the day, hosted by YO1 Radio.

 Another new addition to the square is a mobile street food unit, serving up delicious slices of pizza to hungry locals and visitors throughout the day, alongside regulars from the Cattleshed, with their locally-produced burgers.

 Coppergate’s Brollywalk will be renewed again for the final display at the end of August. For more information, please visit