Fri, 26 October 2018 - Sat, 27 October 2018
A stunning projection of poppies will fill the Nave of St Albans Cathedral for two nights only, as part of a unique light and sound installation to commemorate the World War One Centenary.
The Cathedral will open after dark to anyone wishing to contemplate and reflect on the history of World War One. Entry will be free and will provide people with an opportunity to remember those who have served, both in the First World War and any other conflict.
Created by Peter Walker, Artistic Director at Lichfield Cathedral and Luxmuralis, the installation will feature projections specially tailored to St Albans Cathedral, including names of local soldiers who have served in the armed forces and falling rose petals which will be projected over the Shrine of Alban, Britain’s First Saint. A beautiful sound artwork composed by David Harper, accompanies the installation and includes four readings of World War One poems by Oscar Winning actor, Eddie Redmayne.
Entry will be free and booking is not required.
Keep an eye on our website and social media for more details to come.
Remembering those who have served
Cathedral is currently running a campaign calling for people to submit the names of friends or relatives who have served their country in any conflict. The names will be projected inside the Cathedral on the two evenings of the installation, as a way of honouring and commemorating their service. Further details are available here.
St Albans Remembers
Poppy Field is the flagship event for St Albans Remembers, a programme of events taking place in the city to commemorate WW1. This will include war memorial tours and exhibitions, in addition to Remembrance Day commemorations taking place in November. Further details will be released in due course.
Luxmuralis is the collaborative team behind the Poppy Field installation. Together Peter Walker and David Harper create works across multiple media and presentation formats. Luxmuralis work internationally in the development of large scale sound and light artworks. The primary purpose of Luxmuralis is to take art onto the streets and provide access to visual artwork in public as well as unexpected places.
Peter Walker is Artist in Residence and Artistic Director at Lichfield Cathedral. He is an internationally renowned sculptor and artist. Peter is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He is curating a series of major art projects at Lichfield Cathedral over the coming years.
David Harper MSc
David is a Composer and Sound Artist. The music he writes and produces has been used for BBC and Channel 4 TV productions as well as for national theatre productions and film. David also creates sound art installations, which combines his musical composition with video and film and are frequently exhibited at art events, museums and in public spaces throughout the UK.
The Poppy Field light and sound installation is taking place in partnership with Lichfield Cathedral, where Peter Walker is Artist in residence. Lichfield Cathedral is the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK, and is a treasured landmark in the heart of England. It is one of the oldest places of Christian worship, and the burial place of the great Anglo-Saxon Missionary Bishop, St Chad.