The Beacon project was designed by three groups of in habitants in three different countries. The inhabitants of Jvakskyla in Finland, the residents of Eindhoven and residents of Lyon in France. So it is a special, international project that will travel on to the light festivals in these cities. The three groups chose how they wanted to handle the project. Craig Morrison, artist and driving force behind Beacon, sums it up nicely: ‘Every experiment offers unique challenges, different languages and different ambitions. The motivation for Beacon is to stimulate residents to think about the use of different, conscious materials. The project may encourage more sustainable choices in domestic environments.’
The residents of each city are involved in building the project; they can create something unique. Collaboration is essential for the project to exist. Without local people, Beacon’s light would not shine so bright. Craig Morrison: I tried to think of a way of bringing people together to celebrate the creation of light festivals. I find it very interesting to combine folk elements that are time and location specific. Art and culture are powerful and can initiate a dialogue with citizens. As Joseph Beuys (German visual artist) believed, everyone is an artist, and social art can bring about social change. And we must try this, now more than ever.’
On location, the visitor will be asked to become part of Beacon by rotating the illuminated ball elements. Visit Beacon, the illuminated dome and become an active part!