Green Space Dark Skies in The Chilterns

Hundreds of local people are invited to come together and create an artwork in The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


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Leading outdoor arts company Walk the Plank will be working with local people, organisations and community groups to bring the gathering to life. The artwork will be created at dusk by participants, referred to as Lumenators. With choreography, sound and smart lights, the gathering will be captured on film for all to see afterwards.

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

To protect these amazing places, the exact locations will only be revealed to the people who have registered to take part. There will be no spectators, but anyone can take part for free as long as they sign up in advance and everyone can watch the films of each event online afterwards.

The Chilterns gathering will be accessible and easy to reach and everyone is welcome to register for free to take part in the artwork.

The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers 833 square kilometres across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and is known for its chalk grasslands, rare and special chalk stream habitats, ancient woodland and rolling hills.

Dr Elaine King, Chief Executive Officer, Chilterns Conservation Board said: "We’re excited to work with Walk the Plank on this outdoor arts experience for the local community. We hope the event will provide a new way to spend time in nature, even for those who don't go down the conventional routes of walking groups, muddy boots and birdwatching. Research has shown that engaging with nature is beneficial to our wellbeing and those connected to nature do more to help conserve it. Events like these, combined with community projects in our heritage lottery-funded ‘Chalkscapes’ Project, offer a route for local people to engage with the Chilterns and forge a new sense of place and belonging, interlinked with the natural world."

Participants will each be given a smart light developed specially by Siemens, and this enables the digital choreography to be captured on film, while also being sensitive to the night-time environment. Each short film will incorporate the stories of the people and places featured and will be broadcast online after the event. Lumenators will also be encouraged to share their own connections to the landscape and the local areas as part of their involvement.