LewesLight 2020 – Lewes, UK

Celebrating the culture, history and the environment of the South Downs is the annual LewesLight Festival of Light, which returned for its fifth year in 2020.

The ILP-supported Festival of Light took place last weekend in the small East Sussex town of Lewes, renowned for its medieval streets, historical architecture and its location within the South Downs National Park. LewesLight 2020 celebrated the moonlight, dark skies and explored the impact we have on climate change and rising sea levels.

There were a total of 15 installations across six locations throughout the town, and this year, we collaborated with lighting designer Eleni Shiarlis on her lighting installation, Lunar Cycle.

The Project – Lunar Cycles

Inspired by the lunar phases of the moon, Eleni’s lighting installation was a representation of the simplicity and connection between the moon and the tides. Struck by the beauty of the reflection of the moon in the water, the movement and energy of these lunar phases, and how these phases mirror our own human energies in life and in creative design processes.

Each month the moon moves through eight phases and these gradual but significant changes are represented through careful incrementations in the lighting of the circles: New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Last Quarter, Waning Crescent.

This gradual phasing of light can be seen beautifully shimmering through the water of the Winterbourne Stream. The Lunar Cycles offer a simple reminder of our connection between the planet we live on, the powerful energy of our seas, and to the wider universe beyond.

“Mode have been incredible. My installation wouldn’t of been what it was if it wasn’t for you guys.” – Eleni Shiarlis.

To find out more about Eleni Shiarlis and her innovative design work please visit http://www.eslightingdesign.co.uk/.

If you would like to know more about the LewesLight – Festival of Light please follow the link https://www.leweslight.uk/.