Lumiere Empty Plinth

Lumiere Empty Plinth

Nerve Centre together with Holywell Trust helped bring Lumiere festival to light in late November, with Director of Education at the Nerve Centre John Peto's unique 'Empty Plinth' installation among the key artworks on display over the magical winter weekend.
 
Holywell Trust and the Nerve Centre were the 'artists' behind the only lighting installation which directly interacted with the City Walls. Mark Lusby, Coordinator of Holywell Trust's City Walls Heritage Project and John Peto conceived the 'Empty Plinth' installation which saw a beam of pure light rising from the Plinth on Royal Bastion, symbolising a 'beacon of hope' for the city and demonstrating the scale of the missing pillar.
 
The 'brilliant' installation was a statement of intent by the Holywell Trust and Nerve Centre, that this part of the City Walls, which had closed to the public, would once again be opened. It was a highly visible feature from below in the Bogside, from across the valley on the Creggan, along the length of the City Walls from Butcher Gate and from Double Bastion.



Mark explained that an essential part of the Lumiere Derry experience would be the long distance views of the artworks and that the City Walls would provide unique views of the installations in the Fountain, Bogside and Rosemount.
 
'Royal Bastion is the only section of Derry's Walls from which the public is still excluded,' he said that week. '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'.
 
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