Enlightenment (2015) was commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral to celebrate and be inspired by the ideas and progress of the Magna Carta since it was sealed 800 years ago. The work ponders the effects that the document has had on people and societies around the world. Magna Carta has come to symbolise key messages of human rights and equality – concepts that have rippled through space and time. But these ripples have been physical as well as intellectual – the ideas are highly charged and often challenge the status quo, resulting in a long list of power struggles and conflicts.
The piece also builds on previous projects, such as Aeolian light (2014) and Submergence (2013), that use large walkthrough arrays of responsive lights to physically surround the visitor, placing them within a massive hybrid reality space. The result is a beguiling, disorienting and immersive experience that alters our perceptions of space, place and each other.
Enlightenment was on show in the North Porch at Salisbury Cathedral from 15 June to 6 September 2015 along with another Squidsoup piece, Power of Words. Enlightenment was then shown in a highly contrasting setting as part of Frequency Festival in Lincoln (23 October – 1 November 2015).
Commissioned by Salisbury Cathedral as part of the 800th anniversary celebration of the signing of Magna Carta.
More images from Enlightenment and Power of Words at Salisbury Cathedral HERE.
Images of Enlightenment at Frequency Festival HERE.