33. The WonderWood
Walter Holt (UK)
Location Number: 33
at Riverside (from Prebends Bridge to Framwelgate Bridge)
Photographer and lighting designer Walter Holt specialises in
the illumination of trees and landscapes, and brings his particular
brand of magic to the steep wooded banks of the River Wear as it
snakes around Durham's ancient peninsula. The riverbanks are
a haven for locals and visitors alike. In daytime one can wander,
with any purpose or none, through the native woodland with its
ancient pockets and beautiful views. After dark it's
normally a different story, only for those determined on a mission.
But for the four nights of the Durham Lumiere all this will change,
and the entire route from Prebends Bridge to Framwellgate Bridge
will be transformed into an enchanted forest with the castle
dancing high above. You are invited to bring your own sound
About the artist
Walter Holt embarked on adulthood as a photographer but neither
seemed to work. So he went to film school to emerge as a
professional cinematographer, reclaiming his photographic heart as
his own. He initiated the Treeluminati: a team of volunteers on his
lighting project at Australia's Woodford Folk Festival - a weeklong
camping celebration of arts in a stunning tree-lined valley that
had previously disappeared at night.
Returning to Ireland in 2007, Walter set up Installations of Light to provide lighting consultancy, design and installation that specialises in trees, landscapes and architecture. The company creates events, temporary and permanent installations in private, public and corporate spaces.
With thanks to the Treeluminati: Daryl Bellis, Kieran Donnelly, Damien Donnelly Jovian Delaforce.
See more of Walter's work here.
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