Festival Spot­light: The world’s largest neon ta­pes­try

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Bridge Place -

The Ta­pes­try of Light: In­ter­sec­tions of Il­lu­mi­na­tion is a breath­tak­ing neon il­lu­mi­na­tion that will soon be on our very doorsteps in the Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral Chap­ter House.

The ta­pes­try re­cently had its world-pre­miere in Brus­sels and will ar­rive in the UK on Oc­to­ber 14. De­signed by Aus­tralian artist Irene Bar­beris, the re­search and ex­e­cu­tion of the pro­ject has taken more than 10 years, and has re­sulted in the largest neon ta­pes­try ever known. Span­ning across 14 pan­els, it is 36 me­tres long by 3 me­tres high, im­mers­ing the viewer in a neon-coloured story of war, peace and the prom­ise of hope. The Ta­pes­try of Light is the first adap­ta­tion of the me­dieval Angers Ta­pes­try by a fe­male artist in 500 years. “No women had worked with the full cy­cle of the Apoca­lypse and I wanted to fill the gap,” said artist Irene Bar­beris.

Ad­mire works on show at the artists’ open houses

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