Points of Departure

Down on the docks this evening
as the day turned into the night
we had the special privilege
of a truly lovely sight
Part of the Brighton Festival
an experience to share
called 'Points of Departure'
to entertain us there

And it was quite ethereal
the sounds around us strange
as sculptures interacted
our perception there to change
Perhaps made even stranger
with the facemarks that we wore
it added to the ambiance
to excite us all the more

Lights shone all around us
some bright and some subdued
as we wandered the environment
and its presence we imbued
And then when it was finished
the spaced-out crowd clapped loud
for the sculptor and the Festival
which had there done us all proud

©Jemverse

Photo – Jempics

Points of Departure‘ – an interactive experience from New York sculptor, Ray Lee

For the birds

On Ditching Down we found ourselves
‘For the Birds’ – a mystery tour
Part of the Brighton Festival
at midnight, what was more

A trail of lights led up the hill
which we followed to the crest
all adding to the mystery
which put us to the test

And all was really quiet
as we delved into the trees
The darkness all consuming
The moment there to seize

Then gradually the sound of birds
or something up ahead
A whistling and a chirping
it could, I think, be said

What followed was incredible
magnificent and more
as we discovered installations
in the woods upon our tour

Celebrating feathered things
and magical to see
It was truly an experience
to fill our hearts with glee

©Jemverse

For the Birds‘ – a meditative and immersive journey through a secret South Downs woodland location – took place during the annual Brighton Arts Festival in May 2017.  It was a self-guided journey through a wild landscape at night, transforming woodland and downland with a series of thirty-something bespoke light and sound installations produced by some of the most dynamic sound artists currently working in the UK. It was, without a doubt, the most magical and beautiful experience I’ve had in a very long while. Truly breathtaking.

 

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