Enlightenment Festival of Light, Durham
ISIS was commissioned to bring an Indian focus to the Enlightenment Festival of Light in Durham, which was presented as part of the region's EAST 08 programme.
'Light of Darkness' was created by West Bengali artist Sanchayan Ghosh with support from UK based artist Graham Robinson.
The project of 'Light of Darkness' evolved out of a research into the local history and folklore of Durham. The light installation was inspired by folklore surrounding the Venerable Bede after he became blind. It also refers to the history of coal mining in Durham. The two eyes installed between each of the two arches of Framwellgate Bridge in Durham were made of miners' helmets with lamps that form the eyeball; the iris is made of a tapestry of El cold light. The installation is a memoir to the life and work of Saint Bede and the coal miners of Durham.
'Light of Darkness' was presented on Framwellgate Bridge for the Enlightenment Festival, November 2008.