It's difficult to pick Durham Lumiere highlights with 37 light-based installations from which to choose, but here are a few of the artworks that stood out for us. Which did you like?
Lumiere Durham is over for another two years after running for four nights, from Thursday November 14 to Sunday November 17 2019. Tens of thousands of visitors descended on the city to wander around the light artworks despite the rain on several nights.
For the 10th anniversary, there were Durham Lumiere highlights from previous years making a reappearance, as well as new installations by international artists.
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Although we liked everything we saw, below we've picked out a few highlights of Durham Lumiere that amazed us. What were your Lumiere highlights?
Durham Lumiere highlights #1: Fire, Compagnie Carabosse
From burning sculptures in the centre of Durham Cathedral cloisters through to swinging balls of fire in College Green, the Compagnie Carabosse lit up the November night yet again.
First appearing in 2011, the fire installation returned for 2019, and was part two of the 'Spirit' Lumiere installation that also encompassed the Durham Cathedral interior, with lit vests hanging high above visitors' heads.
Inside the cloisters were pots of fire all around the edge, with metalwork sculptures in the middle. In College Green, the dark autumn night lit up with braziers and balls of fire hanging from the trees.
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Not only was it beautiful but it also kept cold visitors warm on the wet evenings!
Durham Lumiere highlights #2: Fogscape #03238
Created by Fujiko Nakaya and Simon Corder, Fogscape #03238 made a return to Durham Lumiere 2019 after first appearing in 2015. Located across the River Wear between Prebends Bridge and Framwellgate Bridge, Fogscape #03238 crept along the ground and turned the riverside walk below Durham Cathedral into an eerie landscape.
The water vapour crept across the river towards visitors as they walked along the riverside footpath on the far side.
Durham Lumiere highlights #3: Keys of Light
One of our favourite Durham Lumiere installations, Keys of Light was located in Rushford Court, opposite Durham Railway Station entrance at the bottom of the hill. Pianists of different ages played their favourite tunes and Keys of Light was triggered by the sound to project colourful animated images on to the side of Rushford Court.
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Keys of Light was produced as part of Lumiere Brilliant, the open call for ideas from members of the public.
Durham Lumiere highlights #4: Mysticete
Mysticete brought a whale on to the River Wear near the Penny Ferry Bridge, and was not to be missed.
Swimming in the ocean below the Northern Lights, the artwork was a life-like 3D water-screen projection of a Baleen Whale, and was projected on to a sheet of water spray in the middle of the river.
The crowds gathered and all waited for the moment they knew would be coming: the whale leaping out of the water and then the iconic 'tail out of the water' image, which you can see in our Mysticete picture above.
Durham Lumiere highlights #5: I Love Durham
Okay, we realise this was a bit of an obvious one to choose, but we couldn't leave it out, could we?
Making its first appearance back in 2011, this light installation turned the Marquess of Londonderry - the man on the horse - into a giant snow globe.
Placed in the centre of Durham Marketplace, I Love Durham was a highlight of the festival for many people, drawing large crowds and becoming, over the years, one of the iconic images to endure and return to Lumiere for the 2019 10th anniversary show.
The lights changed the interior of the globe from white to blue, orange and purple.
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