Saturday, May 5, 2012


ANTINOUS is believed by many experts to have accompanied Hadrian on the Emperor's visit to Britain in 122 AD to oversee construction of the Wall.

Now, nearly 1,900 years later, Hadrian's Wall is to play an integral part in celebrating the London 2012 Olympics.

The Wall will become "a line of pulsating colors" as it is lit up with a string of weather balloons. 

The work by New York artists YesYesNo and Zachary Lieberman, will see 1.8 meter (6 ft.) balloons tethered to the Wall and illuminated by internal LED lights which will be able to be viewed online.

The installation will become a line of pulsating colours and allow people to transmit different messages at sites along the wall, or over the internet.

Speaking about the installation, Zachary Lieberman said: "Our concept is to create a digital platform by which messages can be communicated the entire length of the wall. The installation serves as a low-res fiber optic line connecting both coasts of England and allowing messages to spread in either direction."

He added, "The balloons light up and pulse different colors. Think of them like Morse Code -- they will be flashing messages."

The light installation, entitled "Connecting Light", is part of the 12-week cultural festival, from June 21 to September 9, to celebrate the 2012 Olympics.

Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of Hadrian's Wall Heritage, said: "Connecting Light will turn what was the Roman Empire's northern frontier into a contemporary communication system. We want to inspire a worldwide conversation of people's thoughts on all aspects of borders and frontiers in their lives today, and we will be able to communicate the importance of the World Heritage Site and showcase our inspirational northern landscapes and fantastic heritage to new audiences around the world."

Development work is now underway in collaboration with Newcastle University's Culture Lab. The installation will be live from Friday, August 31, to Saturday, September 1.

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