Tickets for three art installations for the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival are released at lunchtime today.
Two – fire and bells are in Silvertown on the north side of the Thames — and if you book the last slot for the bells and don’t mind exploring the docks for a couple of hours, both can be done on the same day, while the spinning wheels are in the centre of Greenwich.
Fri 11th-Sat 12th Sept | 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm
This installation from Ray Lee takes the form of a series of giant towers which hold suspended bell-like speaker cones. A team of volunteer bell-ringers start to operate the industrial machinery and make the pendulum arms swing higher and higher until each arm soars up over the heads of the audience ringing forth with a peel of electronic tones.
Fri 11th-Sat 12th Sept / 8-10pm (last admission 9.15pm)
As dusk turns to darkness join us on a trail through a magically transformed riverside park landscape in Silvertown, a place with many historic connections with fire. In this experience there are echoes of local stories, whilst trees glow with fire and flowers blossom into life with flames. This immersive experience provides the perfect antidote to a summer of isolation, evoking the warmth and generosity of togetherness and renewal. Entry will be free but timed and ticketed to enable social distancing.
Fri 28th – Mon 31st Aug | 7.30pm, 8.30pm, 9.30pm
Chorus is a monumental installation of giant kinetic sculptures, a celestial choir of spinning sound machines, created by award-winning artist and British Composer of the Year, Ray Lee. Towering above the audience, a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm, loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches, singing out a siren call to all those present. Tiny lights create the effect of planets in motion, creating mesmerising orbits of colour.