The London 2012 Festival aims to put on ‘once-in-a-lifetime commissions’ and Peace Camp is guaranteed to be just that. The ambitious art project takes place along Britain’s dramatic and diverse coastline, from the Outer Hebrides off Scotland at the top to Godrevy Island off St Ives bay at the bottom.
‘Peace Camp: A Coastal Installation Celebrating Love Poetry and Landscape’ will be one of the highlights of the London 2012 Festival, taking place from dusk to dawn, 9.30pm to 5.30am over four nights, 19-22 July. It consists of an installation artwork in eight coastal locations involving illuminated tents and murmured love poetry; visitors to the glowing encampments of some 2000 tents will hear a soundscape that uses the voices of actors, poets and members of the public set against breathtaking backdrops in some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the UK.
Every location tells a story – quite literally, since as part of the installation the island locations will ‘speak’ poetry – but more than that, the places chosen are some of the most unique in the UK, the sites of absorbing stories, real and imagined: Cuckmere Haven in Sussex, England, though picturesque conceals a murkier history of smugglers and conflict; Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland, England is the UK’s largest ruin, once one of the grandest fortifications in all England; White Park Bay on Northern Ireland’s North Antrim Coast is the UK’s only beach with its own resident population of cows; Godrevy Island in Cornwall, England inspired Virginia Woolf’s famous novel To the lighthouse. They are also sites to appreciate Britain’s natural beauty – including Fort Fiddes, Scotland, where you can see nesting puffins and the North Sea’s only known population of bottlenose dolphins – and Peace Camp producers Artichoke worked closely with key preservation organisations throughout the project, including National Trust, English Heritage and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.