Festival Flashback BRILLIANT


Sarah Blood (UK)

St Oswald’s Church

12 neon birdhouses accompanied by a soundtrack of birdsong

Tweets of birds performed by human voices fill the churchyard with delicate melodies. Hidden amongst the trees, the luminous birdhouses invoke the need for protection from the harsh winter ahead, while the birdsong is the herald of the coming spring, bringing with it thoughts of renewal and of easier times ahead.

Sanctuary was commissioned as part of the Lumiere Durham 2013

BRILLIANT competition for anyone originally from or currently living in the North East with a bright idea for a light installation. Since then

Sanctuary has been exhibited in Crown Hart Gardens at Lumiere London 2016. Sarah Blood also created Dissect I and Dissect II for Lumiere London 2016.

About Sarah Blood

Sarah Blood’s work is inspired by natural phenomena, science, geometric abstraction and post-minimalist sensibilities. Her primary medium is light, which she explores through glass, luminous gases and mixed media, creating sophisticated and elegant works. Sarah’s works have been exhibited throughout the world including Europe, the UEA and the USA.

Accessibility information

Approach from New Elvet has a steep incline.  The front entrance to the church has tarmac paths of adequate width.

Artwork description: A series of static neon sculptures with gentle 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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