Dr Elaine King, Chief Executive Officer, Chilterns Conservation Board said:
“We’re excited to work with Walk the Plank on this outdoor arts experience for the local community. We hope the event will provide a new way to spend time in nature. Research has shown that engaging with nature is beneficial to our wellbeing and those connected to nature do more to help conserve it.”
Participants will each be given a smart light developed by graduate engineers at Siemens, and this enables the digital choreography to be captured on film, while also being sensitive to the night-time environment. Each short film will incorporate the stories of the people and places featured and will be broadcast online after the event. The lighting technology uses existing wireless programmable low impact lights, and incorporates something that’s never been done before: the ability for these lights to be animated through geo-positioning.
The team is working with Dark Skies representatives to ensure the project helps highlight issues around light pollution in our towns, cities and rural landscapes.
John Wassell, Creative Producer said:
“Many people who live in towns and cities have never seen a truly dark sky and are unaware of the negative impact of too much bright light on our wildlife. The moment when darkness falls, and we switch the lights off, is going to be the most important collective act of connection between people and nature within each event.”
Walk the Plank is working with the National Trust as creative and delivery partners in a number of locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
John Packman, CEO of the Broads Authority, lead CEO for National Parks UK Communications and one of the National Parks CEOs leading the Parks for Everyone Delivery Plan in England said: “Green Space Dark Skies is all about helping people to discover the joys and benefits of getting out into nature and celebrating the role and value of protected landscapes in a modern society. It’s a perfect fit with our mission as National Parks.”
Each gathering will celebrate the unique elements of the local landscape, the chalk of the downs or the sound of the skylark and inspire people to explore it as well as encouraging responsibility to take care of it for future generations.