Leicester “LIGHT” son et Lumiere

30th March 2021

Leicester Cathedral has been transformed with a virtual light and sound installation to bring hope at the end of a year of lockdown restrictions to the people of the city, the county and beyond.

Leicester Cathedral brings hope to Leicestershire with “LIGHT” son et Lumiere.

Light, a collaboration between artist Peter Walker and composer David Harper as Luxmuralis, combines a fine art projection artwork with an originally composed musical accompaniment projected onto the façade and spire of Leicester Cathedral.

The short video is available to view online (see below) and marks one of the first steps of the journey out of lockdown which saw the Cathedral light 2,307 candles to represent every life lost to Covid in the city and county to mark the National Day of Reflection last Tuesday.

David Monteith, Dean of Leicester said

‘’Lockdown has been so hard with much loss and grief but we know light still shines. This is our gift of light to everyone in Leicester and Leicestershire’’

Leicester Cathedral had hoped the art installation could have been a live event in the Cathedral Gardens, but with the changing Covid regulations and guidelines and after consulting with the Leicestershire Police, Leicester Cathedral decided to go ahead with the event online ensuring it was audience free and Covid safe.

Artist, Peter Walker, said:

“We are delighted to be able to present this artwork on Leicester Cathedral. Art is ever more important at this time, and the place of art and its importance in our lives has been highlighted during the past twelve months.

“Although we have not been able to fulfil our ambition of presenting this work to visiting audiences, we are pleased to be able to present it digitally, so that people near and far can enjoy its message of positivity, light and hope”.

The Luxmuralis project has been funded by the Arts Council Cultural Recovery Fund.

LIGHT is available to view for free on the Cathedral’s YouTube below.

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