Lichfield Cathedral show attracts 13,000

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Around 13,000 people flocked to see a huge art display at Lichfield Cathedral in just one week.

The cathedral's Great Exhibition proved a huge success, with as many people visiting over the seven days than in the whole of August in 2016.

The display, called Earth: What a Wonderful World, ran from Monday, August 19 to 28.

It saw the cathedral transformed into earth, sea and sky, through lights and projected images. The project was led by the cathedral’s artist-in-residence Peter Walker.

It featured spectacular nature-inspired art installations alongside sound and light artwork by Luxmuralis, projected on to the gothic interiors of the cathedral.

There was also art created by local schoolchildren who painted thousands of tiles to guide visitors on a vibrant journey through the building. The tiles will be available to view until September 23.

As part of the exhibition audiences were treated to screenings of Pixar’s WALL-E and Disney’s The Jungle Book, where they enjoyed the movies from a unique perspective seated on artificial grass in the cathedral’s Nave, nestled amongst the stunning exhibit. This was so successful the cathedral team is planning for a week in August 2018 where the grass will make a return for a selection of popular family film showings.

Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield Cathedral, said: “We were delighted to host this event. It enabled everyone to think about our responsibilities for the environment and our care for this earth. It provoked a sense of awe and discovery and helped us all to reflect on the wonder of existence and the ultimate purpose of life. It was also great fun: I loved seeing people lying down on the astro-turf looking up at the ceiling as the images morphed like a kaleidoscope. The laugh-out-loud bit was having deck chairs, sand and a film of breaking waves - it was the stuff that thousands of selfies were made of! We look forward to welcoming many visitors to our Christmas illumination, ‘Star of Wonder, Star of Light.”

Artist Mr Walker said: “I'm delighted to have been able to develop such an ambitious interior installation which has inspired people to contemplate the immense beauty and fragility of the natural world.


“Art has the ability to communicate to people on many levels and it has been wonderful to engage directly with so many visitors who have been amazed by this awe-inspiring spectacle in many different ways."

He added: "We would like to thank our kind sponsors which included; the Arts Council, Lichfield District Council, Pitt Rivers Trust, The Natural History Museum Oxford, William Morris Gallery, The Potteries Museum, and UK Garden Buildings, Luxmuralis team and composer David Harper. Without their kind support none of this would have been possible.”

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Image 1: The crowds gathered in the Cathedral Nave where artificial grass was laid in celebration of The Great Exhibition.


Image 2: The stunning architecture in the Cathedral Nave.

Image 3: The light and art illuminations on the stunning architecture of the Cathedral Nave.

Image 4: The summerhouse donated by UK Garden Buildings for The Great Exhibition.

Lichfield Cathedral is the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK, and is a treasured landmark in the heart of England. It is one of the oldest places of Christian worship, and the burial place of the great Anglo-Saxon missionary Bishop, St Chad (d. 672).

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