For the last few days Durham has been lit up by beautiful light installations from a number of talented artists for Lumiere 2011. Having visited the first Lumiere back in 2009, I was eager to visit this year. Having been an underrated attraction a couple of years ago, this year’s Lumiere definitely had a better PR campaign. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people in Durham, for a small historical city the amount of human traffic was slightly overwhelming. These are some snaps that I managed to get on the night but there are lots of (much better quality) photos on the website if you want to see more.
My favourite piece of the night was the installation by Tracey Emin, a single phrase scrawled in blue neon lighting on the side of a church: ‘be faithful to your dreams’. I didn’t get any great shots of it but you can see it here. From the giant snow-globe in Market Square to the light show that was projected onto Durham Cathedral, the Lumiere was a beautifully tongue-in-cheek spectacle.