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Luminox

20/04/2009

As part of the county’s year-long millennium celebration coordinated by Oxford Inspires, Fusion Arts and Oxford Contemporary Music (OCM), Luminox stood out as a highlight among the festivities.

Oxford’s historic Broad Street became unrecognisable as it was transformed into a spectacular fire garden. Highlighting the value of Broad Street as a beautiful focus point for public gatherings and art, Luminox brought to life a thrilling shared community experience.

A fire installation in the street!

Hundreds of hanging fire pots and chandeliers were featured as part of a dramatic fire installation put together by the renowned French performance company Carabosse.

At its heart stood an 18-metre spire sculpted by local artist Ted Dewan. The spire was made out of bamboo and was held together with hemp rope. From it hung a giant pendulum which, for over three hours, swung 1000 times where each 'tick tock' was meant to represent a particular year in Oxfordshire's history.

Finally and complementing this vision, Oxford Contemporary Music contributed a specially commissioned soundscape which was performed from a wrought iron bandstand.

Making the lanterns

Fusion Arts invited children and young people to participate by organising a series of free workshops in schools across the country where they created their own community installation made up of special fire jars. With the aid of artist helpers, during workshops children and young people turned recycled jars into magical lanterns, which were later arranged as part of the spectacular public installation, Luminox, in the evening.

Luminox media partnered with BBC Oxford and The Oxford Times. Click here for further reading.

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