Artist thanks Derry for ‘amazing’ Lullaby Rides

The artist behind the striking ‘Lullaby Rides’ art project said he was blown away by the way in which local people here engaged with it when it was in Derry last week.

Luke Jerram, who has had exhibitions in the USA, Italy and Hong Kong, told the Journal he thoroughly enjoyed his visit to Derry and said it would not have been as good as it was had it not been for the people here.

A young family come out to see the lullaby as it makes its way through Strathfoyle.

A young family come out to see the lullaby as it makes its way through Strathfoyle.

“‘Lullaby Rides’ had a blast in Derry and I was so happy to see so many people of different ages and backgrounds taking part.”

‘Lullaby Rides’ was designed with young children in mind. It usually sees about 60 cyclists make their way through residential areas on bikes dressed in bright and colouring lights.

The group taking part in the event is known as the lullaby and they move along the streets and roads to a soundtrack of calming and peaceful music designed to help young children get off to sleep.

“Many of the people who take part in a lullaby and many of the people who get the chance to see in their neighbourhood might not like experiencing art in the traditional ways such as museums.

The ‘Lullaby Rides’ project gave the people of the Creggan and Strathfoyle areas the chance to become part of art and experience it first hand

Luke Jerram - ‘Lullaby Rides’ artist

“The ‘Lullaby Rides’ project gave the people of the Creggan and Strathfoyle areas the chance to become part of art and experience it first hand,” said Luke.

The ‘Lullaby Rides’ project started in Derry in Creggan on Wednesday before staging the same event in the Strathfoyle area on Thursday. The project finished off with a city centre lullaby from Ebrington Square across the Peace Bridge on Friday evening.

The ‘Lullaby Rides’ Derry project was organised and commissioned by Sustrans.

The Lullaby Rides project in Strathfoyle.

The Lullaby Rides project in Strathfoyle.