Oxford’s historic Broad Street was unrecognisable as it was transformed into a spectacular fire garden, creating a stirring shared community experience and highlighting the value of Broad Street as a beautiful central piazza and a focus for public gathering and art.
Luminox was a special highlight of the Oxfordshire 2007 celebrations, as part of the county’s year-long millennium celebration coordinated by Oxford Inspires, with Fusion and Oxford Contemporary Music (OCM).
The dramatic fire installation was created by renowned French performance company Carabosse, and featured hundreds of hanging fire pots and chandeliers. At the heart of this elemental world was an 18m spire sculpture created by Oxford artist Ted Dewan. The spire was made of bamboo and bound together with hemp rope had a giant pendulum hanging from the top. Over three hours the pendulum swung 1000 times, each ‘tick tock’ representing a single year of Oxfordshire’s history.
Complimenting the vision, Oxford Contemporary Music contributed specially commissioned soundscapes performed from a specially created wrought iron bandstand.
Fusion invited children and young people to participate in this event by creating a community installation made up of special fire vessels. To create the fire jars, Fusion organized a series of free workshops in schools across the county. During these art sessions, children and young people turned their recycled jars into their own special lanterns with the help of an artist. These fire jars were arranged as part of a spectacular public installation during the evenings.
Luminox media partnership was with BBC Oxford and The Oxford Times, for further reading seehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/oxford/content/articles/2007/02/13/luminox_07.shtml