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Silent Light

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Mussenden Temple, Mussenden Road, Castlerock, County Londonderry,
T: (028) 7084 8728

Visitors will be steeped in the landscape. Embarking on a silent walk to Mussenden Temple

Visitors will be steeped in the landscape. Embarking on a silent walk to Mussenden Temple which sits perched at the edge of a 120ft cliff overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. Exposed. Yet protective.

Within the Temple, an installation of the artist’s ‘Stained Moons’ artwork awaits. The viewings will take place in silence and in darkness, after twilight, for fourteen nights in February 2020. The first during the Full Moon on 9 February. The last on the New Moon on 23 February.

‘Stained Moons’ is an installation of light and shadow, evoking the eight phases of the moon.

The images are found within the broken glass reclaimed from an abandoned and overgrown greenhouse. Stained glass. Stained by time. The artists have carefully chosen each panel for the intricate patterns of lichen and dirt. The formation of the image is realised through a dual process. A selective and delicate removal of the patina leaves precisely formed spheres and crescents on the panels intact. In parallel, a constant reviewing, stacking and combining of the panels creates the image. The image of light and shadow, reflecting back to us from the Earth’s Moon.
The artists have created a series of optical instruments with carefully calibrated lenses and mirrors to project the images onto delicate hanging screens. The elusive and distant moon is brought near.
Silent Light sees the artwork cloaked within the circular Mussenden Temple. Originally built as a library in the late eighteenth-century by the eccentric Earl Bishop, the Temple exudes the presence of an observatory in an area of dark skies. The location is powerfully elemental, and the emphasis on silence – an evening of wordlessness – leaves space for a focus on the experiential.
To offer an intimate experience, access will be choreographed via timed tickets.
Please note that due to nights getting shorter, the time slots differ slightly for week 2.