This August Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat is the stage for a remarkable fusion of public art and sporting endeavour. The iconic mountain is brought to life in a mass choreographed act of walking and endurance running, as part of Edinburgh International Festival and London 2012 Festival.
As a member of the walking audience you become part of the work, carrying portable light sources set against the dark features of the hill. A mesmerising visual display unfolds each night on your ascent to the summit as hundreds of runners wearing specially designed light suits take to the intricate path networks below.
Each individual performance is created by collective action, landscape and weather, offering a rare perspective on the cityscape, night skies and the sea and hills beyond.
Audience tickets are now on sale at www.eif.co.uk.We’ve also released additional running spaces too. See here for details.
NVA’s Speed of Light is one of only four national projects, commissioned as part of Legacy Trust UK’s Community Celebrations programme, which aims to build a lasting legacy from the UK’s hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The wider programme extends across eight of Edinburgh’s festivals throughout 2012 with a series of blogs, lectures, events and discussions investigating environmental art, human endurance and the interior experience of running.
NVA produces award-winning and dynamic events in challenging landscapes. Past works include The Storr: Unfolding Landscape on the mountains of Skye, Half Life, Argyll, The Path, Glen Lyon. Permanent spaces include the Hidden Gardens, Glasgow and the current resuscitation of St Peter’s Seminary and Kilmahew woodlands, Cardross.