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When the Red Rose in Preston


Date: 2016

Client: Marketing Lancashire for Lancashire Encounter Festival

Location: Surgeons Court, Preston, Lancashire. UK

Dimensions: 16m x 4m x 2m

Materials: latex balloons, LED lights

Further Info: review of 'When the Red Rose in Preston'

When the Red Rose in Preston. 2016

'When the Red Rose in Preston'

Surgeon's Court, Preston, Lancashire. UK

September 2016

“When The Red Rose…” is a series of temporary, site specific installations a rising tide of the colour red appearing above 4 familiar places across Lancashire. “When The Red Rose…” takes the historic symbol of Lancashire and by a twist of language transforms it into something new and unexpected, just as the piece itself transforms familiar places into something unexpected and unique. “When The Red Rose…” appeared fleetingly as part of an autumn season of cultural events across the county.

“When The Red Rose in Preston” - transforms an overlooked historic alleyway, with over 4,000 bright red balloons. Changing something everyday and inconspicuous into a thing of wonder. The balloons fill the space between the buildings from Lune Street along Surgeons Court.