Homecoming

enchanted parks1My life has been pritty busy in the last few month… At last there was some luck in the air so I grab hold of it.  I got a phone call from Mick Stephenson, Mick is a Light-Artist I meet during Durham Lumiere Festival in 2011 and again in 2013 with Liter of light, Mick has also done work at the Freedom Festival in Hull recently this year. http://www.mickstephenson.net/
Anyway a few month ago I got a phone call saying I am building a Rocket for a family light festival called Enchanted Parks in Saltwell Park in Gateshead. I really like your UV work would you like to get together for a collaboration? From that moment I knew this would be an great experience and a wonderful adventure…
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The story attached to this festival is quite beautiful its about a little girl called ‘Estella’ Over 150 years ago there was a girl who lived in Saltwell Towers and dreamed of flying to the stars. I clearly remember my meeting with Mick in a coffee shop in Durham scribbling ideas down on lose pieces of paper and napkins and using plates, coffee cups and spoons as props just playing about with ideas and placement as we got to be the end of the story with such a perfect place to do it in. IMG_2531 I never been to Saltwell Park so me and the family went… what a lovely place great for the kids and the Towers has a nice cafe to have a hot sandwich and coffee in, if you haven’t been its a must go… Any way after a few meeting and a lot of hard work it was time to put the show together on Friday 5th December and I came up on Sunday 9th December. As you can see from the photograph this Rocket is bigger then a coffee cup.                      Lots of work and late nights went into building this, Mick wanted this to be believable keeping referring and adding to the story of Estella building a Rocket ship to see the stars,solar systems and the galaxy collecting things as she went on her magical journey then eventually she crashed landing back at Saltwell Towers. This is it she come home!!! completely believable and you could practically live in this Rocket, this was the first test on Wednesday before opening.IMG_1971My part of the collaboration to create collections of specimens what Estella picked up during her journey, I designed an Idea of 3 containers with uv lights inside that Mick made for me these are for Estella collection each box was different . * First box was her Floral Box, she collected all kinds of floral and furn… * Second box were alien fish and corals that are naturally uv swimming in their fish tank home from home. * Third box is a larger box contains alien creatures. Estella took care of her collections by keeping them alive with them warm and plenty of light…enchanted parks3

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enchanted parks glowThis was a completely new kind of work for me using new materials such as lino and chicken wire more then a few late nights but enjoyed every single moment ALL IN ALL Enchanted park was a smashing success we sold out having around 400 people each night  for 5 days everyone was happy all family’s were completely overwhelmed and made local press would like to thank everyone involved Dianne, Gaz, David, Sean, Katie, Cassie and Mick who make this all happen well done…

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