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Fool’s Paradise


Soundtrack: Ed Carter

Location: West Facade of Durham Castle, viewed from Framwellgate Bridge

A fantastical fairy tale village reappears on the facade of Durham Castle

Originally commissioned as part of Lumiere 2015, NOVAK’s projection mapping artwork is inspired by local history and folklore. Fool’s Paradise returns to Durham to reimagine this ancient structure as a faraway cluster of colourful dwellings. The projection was created using various animation techniques, paper cutting and hand drawn images.


NOVAK are an award-winning creative studio based in Newcastle upon Tyne, specialising in motion design and immersive experiences. Their spectacular large-scale projection mapping works are rooted in the historical narratives of the sites they transform. They also create stunning 2D and 3D motion design for television, web broadcast and celebrated musicians. NOVAK have created works including 195 Piccadilly (2016), a projection using famous faces from the BAFTA archives for Lumiere London and Avenue (2018), a 65m projection for Northern Lights, Hull.

Accessibility information

Viewing is from Framwelgate Bridge

North Road has a gentle downward slope from the bus station and viaduct towards Framwelgate Bridge.  There are kerbed paths with dropped kerbs in place.  The path surfaces are flagstones and the road is tarmac. There is an information map and seating area at the bottom of North Road at the junction with The Riverwalk Shopping Centre. 

Framwelgate Bridge: a mix of cobbles and paving, slight incline towards Market Place, adequate lighting.

Artwork description: Video mapped moving projection onto building with sound.

PLEASE NOTE: While you are welcome to photograph this installations for personal use, please note that the artist retains all imagery rights. Commercial use of installation photography and film is strictly prohibited.

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