Your City In Lights

by 52 Weeks of Art

The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum opened its door for the general public to get involved in the creation of artwork for the September Samuel Johnson Tercentenary Son et Lumiere. Over 140 people came to the museum on Saturday the 25th July. Artists Peter Walker, Andy McKeown and David Harper were on hand to help individuals contribute to the project in a number of ways. Another 50 people added their faces to the increasing collection of face of lichfield for a project called Wordplay which will be previewed on the Son et Lumiere weekend. Approximately 1000 faces of people from in and around the city have already been collected. Composer and sound artist David Harper invited people to contribute poems, phrases and word definitions towards aspects of the sound for the September event.

Andy McKeown also revealed for the first time a fantastic interactive projection artwork which will be featured on the 18th and 19th. The work allows individuals to contribute to an interactive collection of words and definitions which will form a constant stream of visual text on the Market Street facade of the Birthplace.

Bring along your own word and definition on the 18th and you can join in this expanding artwork - developing Lichfields own dictionary for 2009 live on Johnsons 300th Birthday. The event begins at around 7.30pm on both the 18th and 19th of September. More information soon.