Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Urban Perk #4: Ryoji Ikeda's "Spectra"

Afternoon Everyone,

First of all I would just like to say that the
winner of the Pixies' Doolittle poster is:
Thank you to everyone else who entered, there are some
more competitions on the way!

Secondly I would like to talk about something I found
So my Dad and I were leaving the cinema
after seeing Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (which
I highly recommend!) when we saw a beam of light
shining up from the ground and onto the low clouds.
We decided to find out what it was and so we spent
the next 20 minutes or so tracking it down in our
clunky old VW. 

At first we thought it was coming from the Imperial
War Museum because as many of you know, yesterday was the
centenary of the First World War.
But driving towards the light we worked out that it was
in the wrong part of London. When we got closer we saw that
this was not one small light, but about 50 of them
beaming towards the heavens.

Upon entering (for free) the Victoria Tower 
Gardens you see these beautiful lights shining bright
and with purpose. On closer inspection people are walking in
and out the columns of light or lying on the floor and 
gazing up at the spectacular sightA stunning atmosphere 
is created through an ambient soundtrack that swirls from the speakers and into your mind.

Inspired by the declaration "the lamps are going out all over Europe, 
we shall not see them lit again in our life-time",
said by Sir Edward Grey*, spectra is a stunning piece 
of art that unites the people across London and reminds
them of the hardships and sacrifices of the 
First World War.

spectra can be seen from 12 miles away (on a clear day).
The exhibition is on from dusk till dawn 
and will permanently fade out in the early hours of
 Monday 11th August.

Lest we forget,
Poppy x

*Sir Edward Grey was the Foreign Secretary during the 
outbreak of WWI

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