New 'Contours' video. Designed to celebrate the culture, heritage and landscape of that area of the North East of England. The installation was originally created as a surround sound work, to be experienced at night, in the dark and was placed in a field from which visitors could also see the Topping glowing in the darkness.
Thousands of people came to see Roseberry Topping come to life in a stunning display of colour and light as part of the four day Odin's Glow event which took place between the 22nd and the 25th of October, 2009.
The village of Newton under Roseberry was transformed into an art gallery showcasing scores of installations - from specially commissioned pieces to community efforts.
The local bus shelter became a huge goldfish bowl - complete with swimming fish and a mermaid, Nordic poetry was projected onto the fields in a constant stream of illuminated text and the local pond became a tranquil sea of beautiful floating lanterns.
Odin's Glow - one of the biggest cultural events in the North East - explored the area's Viking history and the magical myths and legends surrounding the most important Nordic god of all, Odin, from whom Roseberry Topping originally took its name.
"They gave Roseberry Topping its present name, which is one of only a handful of known pagan names in England. "Roseberry" came from Old Norse Óðins bjarg ("Odin's rock or crag"), after the Norse god Odin. The name changed successively to Othensberg, Ohenseberg, Ounsberry and Ouesberry before finally settling on Roseberry." ~ Wikipedia
The event, part of the regional Landscape and Heritage programme managed by culture10, was the brainchild of Redcar & Cleveland Council, which worked closely with the residents of Newton under Roseberry and producers Magnetic Events to bring the event to fruition.
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"I thought it was a marvelous experience and I felt a different connection with Roseberry through it. The Beowulf part was the climax, it was very atmospheric hearing the language and looking at Roseberry with the lights" ~ Michèlle Ross
"Myself and my boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed the who event...it was a great way to encourage the youth of the area to get involved in arts, music and performance and create a wonderful atmosphere for all to enjoy. Thank you!" ~ Natalie Butcher
"I was on the 7 o'clock bus Thurs 22nd. All four of us in our group had a wonderful time! We were so impressed at everything. Thank you to everyone involved. Puppeteers have a great future ahead they are so talented." ~ Siobhan Burke
"Looked outstanding last night from Guisbrough rd as I drove past I thought war of the worlds was kickin off." ~ Michael McDonald