LUMIERE DURHAM 2013
An atmospheric installation that conjured up the sights and sounds of an abandoned country fairground.
Ron Haselden was moved to create this piece Celebrating the tradition of fairs uniting different cultures for joy and festivity after visiting the Fête du blé (Festival of Wheat) in Brittany, an annual celebration by French villagers that marks harvest-time and draws large crowds every year.
Thousands of softly glowing light bulbs and nostalgic fairground tunes from France and the Netherlands created a gorgeous interactive light and sound. First exhibited in 1988, people have often been found dancing beneath it.
Ron Haselden is a British artist who creates light sculptures and architectural installations using neon, LEDs, film and video, drawing and painting. His work has travelled across Europe and appeared in a variety of locations including small mountain towns, public parks and even a disused shop in France.
Fête was also part of the Lumiere Derry~Londonderry 2013 programme.
Other installations by Ron Haselden for Lumiere include Echelle (Lumiere Durham 2009), Nine Men Drawing (Lumiere Durham 2009), Brothers and Sisters (Lumiere Durham 2011) and Diver (Lumiere London 2016).