Friday, 20 December 2013

256 SOLSTICE: the longest day by PETER RIDE (curator)

Solstice is composed of 365 photographs shared on Twitter, reminding us what happens across the world  in the northern hemisphere on June 21st, when the sun is at its highest and the day its longest.

Context is everything. The art work is shown in St Johns Church Waterloo, built in 1824 to celebrate the victory of the Napoleonic wars; savagely bombed in 1940; restored in 1951 in time to celebrate the Festival Of Britain. Outside are the 400,000 people said to pass through Waterloo Station every day. Across the road are bus stops, including one which the travel writer Simon Calder reckons to be the busiest in England. Inside in a small side chapel is a space welcoming anyone who wants some peace and quiet.

Solstice reminds us that we are connected to each other both in our experience of light and dark and  in new technology The work is shown during short dark days, the season of Advent, when the Christian year focuses on 'The light (that) that shines in the darkness and the darkness (that) cannot overcome it."

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