National Trust marks first supermoon of 2020 with opening of lunar themed art installation in Mussenden Temple

The National Trust celebrates the first supermoon of 2020 with the opening of Silent Light, a moon-themed art installation and dark sky experience by artists JamesPlumb on the 9 February.

In the twilight hours, under a veil of darkness, visitors will be encouraged to embark on a silent walk across the cliff top to Mussenden Temple, guided only by torchlight.

Within the Temple, an installation of the artist’s ‘Stained Moons’ artwork awaits.

Stained Moons’ is an installation of light and shadow, evoking the eight phases of the moon. The images are found within the broken glass reclaimed from an abandoned greenhouse. Stained by time, the artists have selectively and delicately removed layers of lichen and dirt from the panels, leaving precisely formed spheres and crescents intact. In parallel, a constant reviewing, stacking and combining of the panels creates the moon images.  Optical instruments created by the artists are then used to project the images onto delicate hanging screens inside the Temple. The elusive and distant moon is brought near.

Silent Light at Downhill Demesne runs from 9-23 February 2020. Tickets are on sale now, Adult £7, Child £3.50, Family £17.50 and must be booked in advance through the National Trust website,

Love Belfast
Belfast guide to restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concerts, events, hotels, entertainment, special offers, news, gossip, travel, festivals and culture.

Related Articles

Say ‘boo’ to boredom this October half term with the National Trust

An extended half term means finding even more ways to keep the kids amused this autumn. There’s still a whole world of adventure waiting...

‘Keep a Giant’s step apart’ – Giant’s Causeway announces reopening plans

Visitors to the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site are being encouraged to keep a ‘giant’s step’ away from others when it reopens on Friday 3 July. The...

National Trust to phase reopening of gardens and parklands in Northern Ireland with advance booking needed to limit numbers and maintain public safety

A number of gardens and parklands in Northern Ireland will begin reopening from June 3 to those who have booked tickets in advance. Only members...

Leave a Reply

Stay Connected

- Advertisement -

Latest Articles


Stem, a new home wine delivery service designed to help customers learn about wine and experience new flavour profiles from around the world has...

6 Steps To Take In a Plumbing Emergency

A plumbing system is very important because it helps us to have a good supply of water for cleaning, drinking, and bathing. The system...


The Royal Television Society, Northern Ireland (RTS NI) is delighted to announce the finalists for its 6th Annual Programme Awards, sponsored by Ka-Boom. The winners...

Is it time for Gambling Reform in Northern Ireland?

Despite being part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland has its own rules and regulations about gambling. Currently the country is still following the...

How to Determine if a Loan is a Scam

Whether you need money for home improvements, buying a new car, or to start a business, there will be hundreds of financial institutions willing...