Durham illuminated by Lumiere festival

Durham’s Lumiere biennale  got under way last night with the promise that the city would be ‘bathed in light for four unforgettable nights’.

Crown of Light by Ross Ashton c.Matthew Andrews
Spirit by Compagnie Carabosse c. Matthew Andrews

Light sleepers of Durham be warned, at least 30 British artists working in light have descended moth-like to the city, creating  animated projections, human rivers of light and interventions to buildings, streets and bridges, making a trail which radiates around the city.

Les Voyageurs by Cédric Le Borgne c.Matthew Andrews
Splash by Peter Lewis c.Matthew Andrews

French luminaries or ‘fire alchemists’ Compagnie Carabosse have designed Spirit, within Durham Cathedral and its grounds, using candles, lanterns, lighted threads and beacons made from vests traditionally worn by miners, which will lead visitors through the nave into the cloisters. A 4m sphere will also hang in the Cathedral Crossing.

Love Durham by Jacques Rival c.Matthew Andrews
Crown of Light by Ross Ashton c.Matthew Andrews

A Crown of Light has been designed by Ross Ashton for the Northside of the Cathedral – an animated canvas referencing the Lindisfarne Gospels, with images of artifacts from inside the Cathedral, accompanied by Robert Ziegler and John Del’Nero soundscapes.

Love Durham by Jacques Rival c.Matthew Andrews
Les Voyageurs by Cédric Le Borgne c.Matthew Andrews

Peter Lewis has worked with engineering firm to deliver Splash, a curtain of water which cascades from the Kingsgate Footbridge which crosses the River Wear between the University and Cathedral. 

Love Durham by Jacques Rival c.Matthew Andrews
Love Durham by Jacques Rival c.Matthew Andrews

Elsewhere Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, Claire Fontaine and Tim Etchells have designed neons, hoisted upon famous landmarks around the city.

Lumiere takes place across the city of Durham until Sunday.

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  • John November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Spirit was magical worth queuing for!

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