Friday, 26 August 2011

FLOW. 180 Degrees of Light. Northamptonshire

We had the 2nd evening of laser testing last night shining a couple of 7.8w lasers to and from Rothwell and Desborough water towers. The subtle and varied quality of the laser beams surprised me. The beam splayed over the 2 miles between the towers so that by the time it landed on the Anglian Water tower drum, it was a curious horizontal cascade of light  - like a fast moving green stream. 
Locals seemed very interested as car after car stopped at Desborough water tower having followed the beam from Rothwell. Graham spoke to a gathering about the project and they were very supportive of what we are doing. We saw people coming out of their houses and just staring at the beam and drum.

Massive thanks to Anglian Water's Andy Pickard, Dal Badial from Laser Hire London who supplied the lasers, my brother Michael Fairfax for photographing the event and Graham Callister for co-designing the project.

Desborough water tower. One beam landing on the drum and creating the moving striated patterns and another beam leaving towards Rothwell water tower.

Rothwell water tower. The beam from Desborough landing on Rothwell water tower and the 7.8w laser being sent back.

Desborough water tower. Looking back from Desborough to Rothwell water tower you can see the beam diverge and small particles sparkling in the beam.

Photographs: Michael Fairfax.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

FLOW. Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire

Another section of film showing Sir Thomas Tresham and his beloved rabbits to be projected on the side of Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire. Each section of film is randomly selected and activated by the public as they walk passed the Lodge. 
Massive thanks to Marcus Rowlands (Sir Thomas Tresham).

Friday, 19 August 2011


Eric Gill's father cut up the family sausage into 11 sections, one slice for each child.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

FLOW. Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire

Another section of film which will be interactive showing Sir Thomas Tresham enjoying himself dancing with his beloved rabbits nearby. The film sections will be activated by the public's movement.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

FLOW. Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire

A series of projections on the side of Sir Thomas Tresham's Catholic folly, Triangular Lodge. The building was officially used a s a warreners Lodge but was really an expression of Sir Thomas' belief in Catholicism.

These projections will be activated by different sensors so that Sir Thomas appears to do different things in response to the public's movement. The projection is planned for the the section of building below the lintel on the right hand side. The rest of the building will be illuminated internally and externally.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Calke Abbey film

A small section from the hour long looped film in a small stable.

Calke Abbey zoetrope inspired pieces

The 5 rotating pieces sited in the old Riding School show glimpses of ghostly activity. The images above and below the animated ghosts are patterns derived from the wallpaper in the house at Calke Abbey. The heraldic shields are taken from the family archives.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Calke Abbey zoetrope inspired pieces

5 zoetrope inspire pieces rotating at 1.5 rpm. Horse based imagery as the pieces are sited in Calke Abbey's old Riding School.

Thanks to the staff at Calke Abbey, Michael Fairfax, Helen Merrin and Richard Burton for their help.

The text is taken from Sir George Calke's journal whilst living at Calke. His use of language is beautiful.

Photographs by Helen Merrin.