Pilot Light at Dowth Henge, 29 April 2015
Ruth Lyons’ Pilot Light is a sculptural event across the landscapes of Byram Park in West Yorkshire and Dowth Henge in Co. Meath. The artist describes it as ‘an expansive project that explores human kind’s relationship to light, from astronomical alignment within megalithic monuments to contemporary power stations.”
Pavilion commissioned Lyons to make one of a pair of large parabolic mirrors for a projection of limelight across the landscape of Byram Park. This was based on the artist’s research into the history of triangulation and hardware invented by 19th century civil engineer Thomas Drummond for the first Ordnance Survey of Ireland.
On 26 March, Pavilion inset the parabolic mirror in Byram Park with the Ferrybridge power station on the horizon. Lyons heated quicklime with oxy-acetylene to demonstrate the limelight, or Drummond Light, as it was historically used to survey the landscape. The mirror, and photograph of the limelight, are included in The Follies of Youth exhibition at The Calder – Hepworth Wakefield, until 31 May.
On 29 April, Lyons will produce the response limelight projection in front of an audience at the privately owned Dowth Henge, a megalithic site, in Co. Meath. The event has been commissioned by the Droichead Arts Centre to launch the solo exhibition of Lyon’s new work that runs until 20 June 2015.
In early June, the Pavilion commissioned parabolic mirror will be united with its twin at the Droichead Arts Centre.