PEACE at Lacock Abbey
Heinrich and Palmer often create artworks that evolve in response to a place and the people and stories that move through them. This is the starting point for a new art installation that they are developing for Lacock inspired by the theme of ‘Peace’ and developed in response to the unique setting and history of Lacock, specifically the Chaplains’ Room off the south west corner of the cloister. This enigmatic square room with the eight arches peeling off a central pillar, will be the site of what will be a striking, reflective and immersive experience for visitors to Lacock Abbey.
The installation for Lacock will involve creating a raised silk floor made to fit the unique shape of the Chaplain’s Room and the central stone pillar. The silk floor will be set over a discreet frame beneath which a series of fans will be placed causing the entire area to flow with undulating ripples. Visitors will be able to enter the room into a viewing area that will allow for small groups of people to gather and immerse themselves in the experience of the floor flowing around them.
The room will be illuminated by a combination of the natural light pouring into the room during the day and LED lighting. The artists will also be creating a soundscape for the space which they will develop from sounds recorded around Lacock. The development of this will be informed by conversations with volunteers and visitors about the nature of ‘Peace’ generally, and more specifically to places around Lacock.