Nerve Centre and Holywell Trust Set to Bring Lumiere to Light

Nerve Centre and Holywell Trust Set to Bring Lumiere to Light

Thousands are expected to flock to Derry~Londonderry this weekend for the city's hosting of the Lumiere festival of light, with Director of Education at the Nerve Centre John Peto's unique 'Empty Plinth' installation set to be among the key artworks on display.
 
Holywell Trust and the Nerve Centre are the 'artists' behind the only lighting installation which directly interacts with the City Walls. Mark Lusby, Coordinator of Holywell Trust's City Walls Heritage Project and John Peto conceived the 'Empty Plinth' installation which will see a beam of pure light rising from the Plinth on Royal Bastion. 
 
Mark explained: 'The Lumiere artworks are best experienced on foot and people will want to get up close to each installation, especially since most of them are interactive. However an essential part of the Lumiere Derry experience will be the long distance views of the artworks and the City Walls will provide unique views of the installations in the Fountain, Bogside and Rosemount. In particular, 'Marbles' in the Fountain can be viewed from the Walls at New Gate;  'Fete' in the Gasyard Centre,  'Change your Stripes' on the Stardust and 'Stitch in Time' on Rosemount Factory will be very visible from Grand Parade off Upper Magazine Street; and the City Walls at Market Street provide a good vantage point to see 'Conn Fused' on Foyleside.
 
'Royal Bastion is the only section of Derry's Walls from which the public is still excluded,' he continued. 'As part of the City Walls Heritage Project, the Bastion and the Plinth were opened for six events throughout 2013, allowing local people to access this part of the Walls for the first time in 40 years.'
 
John Peto added: 'Art is an important tool for helping people to  engage with challenging aspects of our heritage. The Plinth is an empty space and it seemed appropriate to fill it again , during Lumiere, but this time with a simple column of brilliant white light'.  
 
Nerve Centre and Holywell Trust are producing a leaflet on the story of the Plinth from the time of the erection of Walker's Pillar in 1828 to its demolition in an explosion in 1973. John and Mark are keen to use stories and photographs which represent the love/hate relationship that the local community had with the monument over the 145 years of its existence. Readers can find more information on how to contribute at www.walls400.com
 

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