For an unprecedented third time, London UK based projection artist Ross Ashton’s ground-breaking “Crown of Light” work was invited back to Durham Cathedral for the 2013 Durham Lumière Festival, a four day event, curated and produced by Artichoke, commissioned by Durham City Council. "Crown of Light" covered the entire North façade of the Cathedral including all sides of the three towers, and was the festival’s largest installation.
Ashton evolved the PIGI projection images in collaboration with musical director Robert Ziegler and sound designer John Del Nero, who compiled a soundscape for the 16 minute show. Ashton sourced images from the British Library and also conducted a photo shoot at the Cathedral to record all the architectural and structural elements he wanted to incorporate into the show. The projection system comprised seven PIGI 6KW machines with double rotating scrollers, positioned at various distances around the Cathedral. The seven projectors – supplied by White Light
Says Ashton, “It’s a fantastic honour to be asked back to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with the same show, and a real testament to the popularity of the piece in 2009 and 2011. We offered all those who enjoyed it before the chance to repeat the experience … as well as attracting a new and equally as enthusiastic audience.” ‘Crown of Light’ ran twenty times each night and proved another massive success, together with fantastic weather, helping to draw over 200,000 people into Durham