Taking part in the Speed of Light art project in August, created by NVA as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and the Olympiad Celebrations reminded me just how much creativity is flying around our city at that time of year. Also how game the public is for participating in such events. Not forgetting the commitment of artists to providing this fantastic experience for the public.
"Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat was the stage for a remarkable fusion of public art and sporting endeavour for NVA’s Speed of Light art event. The iconic peak was brought to life each night in a mass choreographed act of walking and endurance running, as part of Edinburgh International Festival and London 2012 Festival.
A mesmerising visual display unfolded each night on the ascent to the summit as hundreds of runners wearing specially designed light suits took to the intricate path networks below. The walking audience were part of the work, carrying portable light sources set against the dark features of the hill." NVA
My main thoughts about NVA's event was that the visual experience was rather disappointing in relation to the documentation of the event that formed the publicity material. The photographs of the light movement taken on long exposure (long shutter speed) captured really well the idea of this 'speed of light' and the 'paintings' made with light were quite beautiful. Not a difficult thing to achieve with a good manual camera and tripod.
The actual experience NVA provided of walking Arthur's Seat at 10pm onwards was quite exciting as having walked up many times in the day time, this was quite a different experience.
The theme of this post is art created using light and I wanted to bring to your attention some fantastic works in this medium.
A piece by artist and friend Colin Andrews mapping the River Eden and created in neon lighting under the Cupar's South Bridge in Fife shows how simple ideas can sometimes be so much more powerful than very complex overly ambitious works.
Images courtesy of the artist. This work was presented as part of and made partly possible through funding from the 2011 Cupar Arts Festival.
Scottish artists Elaine Allison and Patricia Bray work with a variety of materials often on site specific projects. Their piece using UV light and birch blocks that were gathered on a residency in Norway uses traditional Norwegian flower painting and knitting patterns to inspire the works that once invisible in the daylight, light up under ultra-violet light in the dark.
Images courtesy of the artists
James Turrell is the main man when it comes to light art. His art is ambitious and has spanned decades. Take a look at this interview to really get a glimpse of what he's aiming to communicate with his ideas. James Turrell