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City of Lights goes digital

By cityoflights, Nov 18 2014 11:09AM

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and Feast, this year City of Lights brings you two digital installations in Truro City Centre. The aim of these pieces is to both extend the City of Lights event beyond the one special evening, and to allow a different, perhaps more personal element to the audience participation.

The new digital ingredients to City of Lights each bring alive our theme of Heroes of World War One in different ways. They will be in place not only on City of Lights night on Wednesday 19 November, but also on the late night shopping evenings of 26th Nov and 3rd, 10th and 17th December.

On Union Street (near Truro Community Library) you will find an interactive installation called Light Field by Alcwyn Parker and Dr James Moore, and on Boscawen Street, being projected from above the Calendar Club shop is a film by Brigette Ashton entitled 'Active Service'

We hope you enjoy these digital facets of City of Lights, please let us know what you think via our Facebook page or comments on this blog.

Light Field - on Union Street by Alcwyn Parker and Dr James Moore

A memorial wall of light is displayed on a shopping street in Truro, arranged as a field of 30 blood-red light pools. Motion sensors trigger a light when someone walks past it, so pathways, or 'light trails', following the movement patterns of pedestrians, are constantly being drawn.

Each individual illumination represents someone from the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry who was killed in WW1. The bulb stays lit for a number of seconds, relative to the age of the deceased, then fades away. The system simultaneously "speaks" the name of the fallen soldier.

Active Service - on Boscaswen Street by Bridgette Ashton

'Active Service’ references archive photographs and stories of a mounted WW1 artilleryman, Private Edmund James, whose son lives in Falmouth.

A soldier in the Royal Field Artillery, Private James spent the entirety of the Great War on the Western Front. He was originally a driver of horses and then acting as a mounted ‘Spotter’. He was wounded twice and gassed three times but survived the conflict and lived until the age of 97.

His son, now a nonagenarian, has lived in Falmouth for over 50 years and was himself a spitfire pilot in the Second World War.

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