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, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/downhill-demesne-and-hezlett-house

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