Ross Ashton and The Projection Studio’s ground-breaking “Crown of Light” projected artwork on Durham Cathedral in the UK – created for the 2009 Lumière – is back by popular demand for this year’s 4 day festival of light event, which is curated and produced by Artichoke for Durham City Council. Lumière 2011 featured the work of dozens of artists, lighting designers and community groups in 35 installations, bringing a “sparkle of magic” to the beautiful medieval city. Says Ashton, “It’s a real testament to the piece and very flattering to be asked back with the same show.
"Crown of Light" covered the entire North fascia of the Cathedral including all sides of the three towers, and was the festival’s largest installation. Ashton and Paul Chatfield evolved the PIGI projection images in collaboration with musical director Robert Ziegler, who compiled a soundscape for the 16 minute show. The projection system comprised 7 x PIGI 6KW machines with double rotating scrollers supplied by White Light - were in six different locations. Positioned at various distances around the Cathedral.This was carefully calculated to eliminate any shadowing from the plethora of trees dotted around the Cathedral Gardens - and was also a primary creative and technical challenge of the project.