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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Wednesday, February 18, 2004
    Lights on in Sefton Park
    It was over a year ago I blogged about taking part in the public consultations for the Sefton Park public artwork competition. Today, either because I'm a Friend of the Palm House or because I sent my blog to the competition organisers, whatever, I got an invite to a demonstration of the proposal. Which, I'm pleased to say, is the one most punters wanted - Light Signatures by Andrew Holmes, a laser installation which projects to eight points around the park boundary, the signatures of each of the eight people whose statues stand at each point of the octagonal Palm House. That mixed bag of explorers, discoverers, classifiers and cultivators of the natural world: Andre Le Notre, Captain James Cook, Geraldus Mercator, Carolus Linnaeus, Charles Darwin, Christopher Columbus, Prince Henry the Navigator and John Parkinson.

    On Wednesday 4 March at 7.30, a laser will switch on and light up the corner of Croxteth Gate by Brompton House. It would be good to see. But I shall miss it, having already booked a date that evening with The Fall and John Cooper Clarke at the Academy. Such is the way of things (the wealth of culture in this city).

    Perhaps JCC will do some light tricks to match the occasion in the park. He's done them before. At an Edinburgh Fringe gig once (a fan wrote) he came on stage with bag of tatty books of poetry, lit up, drank lots of Volvic bottled water (which he called "water from Volvo's") and chatted to the audience who sat bathed in UV light: "The dandruff stood out on everyone's shoulders."