Unless you have been living on Mars for the past few years, it won’t have escaped your attention that the Olympic Games are due to be held in London during the summer of 2012. The games themselves will be a fantastic showcase for the city but the organisation and staging does come at some considerable cost to UK taxpayers. As a result Olympic organisers are very keen to make the event as inclusive as possible and not just all about the capital. With tickets to many of the events themselves being incredibly scare, it is a key consideration to get as many people who live outside London involved in a lot of different ways.
One such event is due to take place along Hadrians Wall in Northumberland where a string of giant balloons lit up by LED lights, will illuminate the length of the wall in the summer of 2012. Entitled Connecting Light, the event is set to be a fantastic spectacle attracting many thousands of excited spectators to the North East of England to view a line of huge tethered balloons, 2 metres in diameter, all lit up using different colours of eco-friendly LED bulbs located inside the balloons themselves.
The installation has been designed by a New York-based arts collective and has been commissioned by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
The idea behind the illuminated balloons is to create a contemporary communications system running from coast to coast along the border between England and Scotland. The lights will provide a line of pulsating colours as messages are sent along the wall. These messages can be made visible through smartphones, iPads and tablets.
The London 2012 Festival will run for 12 weeks during the summer to coincide with the London Olympic Games. Opening on June 21 it will bring together leading artists from across the world.