Green Space Dark Skies in North York Moors

People needed to come together to create an amazing outdoor artwork in the North York Moors


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Creating a collective connection to the region’s remarkable landscape, as part of a UK-wide celebration of creativity.

Outdoor arts company Walk the Plank is recruiting people from in and around the region to participate in a gathering in the North York Moors called Green Space Dark Skies, part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

The production will see people from cities, towns and rural areas in the region come together with artists and creatives to forge powerful collective connections to the landscape.

The artworks will be created at dusk by participants from the local area, known as Lumenators. Guided along pathways or waterways and carrying smart lights, that are sensitive to the night-time environment; the beautiful digital choreography will be captured on film and available to watch online afterwards. Each short film will incorporate the stories of the people and places featured.

Lumenators will also be encouraged to share their own connections to the landscape and the local areas as part of their involvement. The artwork will imagine a new way of seeing the local landscape in the North York Moors and inspire people to care for the planet for future generations.

When? The North York Moors event is taking place this summer, the exact date is TBC

Where? Taking place in the North York Moors producers are working with the National Park on the exact location which won’t be revealed to the general public until after the event, to protect this amazing landscape

How to sign-up? Become a Lumenator at the North York Moors gathering by registering here: https://greenspacedarkskies.uk/

20,000 people, from the Cairngorms to The Chilterns, Gower to North York Moors and Dartmoor to the Causeway Coast AONB of Northern Ireland, are being recruited to create large-scale outdoor artworks in 20 of the UK’s most outstanding landscapes for Green Space Dark Skies, part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, from April to September 2022.

Green Space Dark Skies is inspired by the 90th anniversary of the 1932 Kinder Scout Mass Trespass, a pivotal event in the movement to secure access to the countryside for ordinary people that influenced the creation of the UK’s network of National Parks.

Green Space Dark Skies will enable people from all walks of life to forge new connections with the countryside by supporting those who experience cultural and physical barriers to experiencing our National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to access events. The series of gatherings will celebrate the countryside and people’s right to explore it as well as encouraging our responsibility to take care of it for future generations.

Outdoor art experts Walk the Plank are the lead creative organisation in the production of Green Space Dark Skies. John Wassell, Creative Producer said: 

“Green Space Dark Skies is about class and landscape, race and landscape, disability and landscape. We want to build more countryside stewards for the future, and to inspire more people to see the connection between their use and enjoyment of the land and our care for the planet.”

Developed by graduate engineers at Siemens specially for this project, the lighting technology uses existing wireless programmable low impact lights and incorporates something that’s never been done before: the ability for these lights to be animated through geo-positioning, where the position of each light can be known in relationship to the others; as well as the potential for this lighting technology to be adopted for use at future major outdoor events.