Last weekend was Cheriton Light Festival, a biennial public art event staged by Strange Cargo. It is an opportunity for the local residents to reclaim their highstreet from traffic, and to be instead transported by a variety of magical, luminescent artworks.
It was cold. Bitterly cold. It always is, occurring as it must in February, when the sun sets early enough for local kids to enjoy the show before bedtime. But the team of artists and organisers and the good people of Cheriton were undaunted! I dressed for an arctic expedition, grabbed my camera, and wandered the streets surrounding my childhood home for hours, on both Saturday and Sunday. There were good crowds throughout, plenty of community spirit and energy, and many excellent, interactive artworks which repaid repeat visits.
Conditions were not easy for me or my camera, but we managed. I spent a few days editing, and produced a video you can see below. I hope it will serve as a fond reminder to all who were there, and a fond-ish admonishment to those who chose their sofa over getting involved in the fun!