The celebration of light will be ‘so beautiful, so challenging’

'Fete' by Ron Haselden which will see the Gasyard lit up like an old abandoned fairground.
'Fete' by Ron Haselden which will see the Gasyard lit up like an old abandoned fairground.

Twenty artists will help create this spectacular 2013 edition of Lumiere especially for Derry’s City of Culture celebrations.

“There will be 20 or so artworks created especially for Derry and invading the public spaces of the city,” Artichoke’s Artistic Director Helen says.

“I guess the point is that you be saying WOW, I never thought my city would look like this - so beautiful, so challenging!

One local aspect was called ‘Brilliant’, and four of the 60 or so of its local submissions were chosen as part of Lumiere - like the light installation at Walker’s Plinth overlooking the Bogside, entitled ‘The Empty Plinth’, or Deepa Mann-Kler’s ‘Neon Dogs’ which will adorn the city walls.

“One of the great pieces this year will be on Austin’s Department Store, called ‘Voyage’ and it’s basically a homage to Jules Verne using 4D projection,” says Helen. “In St Columb’s Park we are doing this huge French ‘Fire-Garden’ with a French company called Companie Carabosse.”

Add to that, ‘Fete’ by Ron Haselden which will see the Gasyard illuminated with sights and sounds of an abandoned old fairground, and ‘Stitch’ by Tim Etchells will light Rosemount Factory.