A giant floating lighthouse has been lowered into Prince's Dock in Hull city centre ahead of a stunning light show.

The light-up tower, known as Oracle, will form part of the three-day Navigate festival which starts on Thursday.

The contraption was pictured being assembled on Monday and Tuesday ahead of the big launch and you can now catch an early glimpse before the festival gets under way.

The lighthouse is sitting in Prince's Dock and projects light and sound based on the real-time weather in the city at the time.

Every 15 minutes, the Oracle contacts the Met Office and displays a weather omen showing what people can expect for the following hour.

The installation is one of a number of new additions to the city centre for the festival that will take place between Thursday, January 30 and Saturday, February 1.

Bringing together sculptures and outdoor exhibits from the acclaimed Kazimier team, Hull will be lit up by the stunning show.

Describing the huge installation, Michael Lill, Kazimier artistic director, said: “Oracle is essentially a communication device. Part lighthouse, part navigational instrument and part fortune teller.

“Due to the inherent risk of sea travel, maritime history is rich with folklore and superstition, all of which is inextricably linked to the weather.

"With Oracle we wanted to create a piece that brought the functional and fantastical together. The tower really does predict tomorrow’s weather while at the same time it gives the viewer a reading of their own fortune.”

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Navigate will include four installations – Meridian, Oracle, Zenith and Pendopo – across the city centre.

Large beams of light will be shone from Hull City Hall and over Whitefriargate as part of Meridian.

Councillor Dave Craker, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “Hull has a proud cultural heritage and a strong artistic identity, catapulted by the success of Hull City of Culture 2017. Art and culture will play an important part in Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City and we are already working with artists to discuss how their talents and creativity can be incorporated into other elements of the project.s

“This incredible installation from Kazimier is a great example of how art and culture can play an important role in the exciting regeneration and future of our city.”