Ruth Lyons’ Pilot Light reflects on the geology of Byram Park, historically surrounded by limestone quarries and kilns. Limestone is heated with oxy-acetylene to produce a light that is projected across the landscape using a large mirror. This demonstrates Thomas Drummond’s use of limelight and a heliostat to triangulate the land for the production of the first Ordnance Survey map of Ireland.
The work was exhibited at The Hepworth Wakefield as part of Pavilion’s The Follies of Youth exhibition. A response Pilot Light projection took place in Doth Henge, a megalithic site in Co. Meath, Ireland.
Pilot Light at The Hepworth Wakefield