Seven Nocturnal Rainbows For The English Lakes was a dramatic light installation, created by artist Charles Monkhouse, between 30 April – 6 May for Lakes Ignite 2016.
Inspired by the poets and artists of the Lake District – in particular JMW Turner’s famous painting ‘A Shower’, Buttermere – the rainbows appeared as the light faded each evening, becoming stronger as night took over from day. Each rainbow consisted of up to 250 floating LED units, each with its own GPS sensor that reacted to their location to create a gigantic spectrum as they travelled across the lakes. The exact motion of the lights was dependent on the wind, and each passage lasted approximately one to one and a half hours.
Seven Nocturnal Rainbows – a celebration of the English Lakes as a site for art both past and present.
The commission was a highlight art experience for Lakes Ignite 2016, bringing alive the creative enthusiasm for the English Lakes by revisiting places that have enthralled earlier artists, particularly the painters of the Romantic and Picturesque periods. It tied together many of their formal elements: land and water, light and dark, rain and sun, garden and wilderness and the search for the perfect viewpoint with the practice of artists today.
The Lakes Ignite programme of evening ‘Rainbows’ visited three of the English Lakes in turn: Coniston Water, Ullswater and Grasmere between 30 April – 6 May.
// SEVEN NOCTURNAL RAINBOWS LOCATIONS
Locations: A map for Seven Nocturnal Rainbows is available to download at the bottom of the page
Time to be there: 20:45 to 21:00 – the best viewing time will be dependent on sunset and weather
What to bring: sensible footwear and clothing and a torch
Where to eat: discover great places to eat and drink on GoLakes
CONISTON: Saturday 30 April, Sunday 1 May & Monday 2 May
ULLSWATER: Tuesday 3 May & Wednesday 4 May
// Viewpoint: Glencoyne Bay footpath/road
// Parking: Glencoyne Bay
// Refreshments: Glenridding
GRASMERE: Thursday 5 May & Friday 6 May
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Featuring a programme of outstanding contemporary art experiences, Lakes Ignite 2016 was an eclectic celebration of artistic expression inspired by the stunning Lake District landscape, with a theme reflecting the region’s long and complex relationship with water in all its forms.
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