We’re now entering the final stages of our major artistic commission in Dunstable with artist Laurence Payot. We Are Now is an artwork we want to create with you, and there are lots of opportunities for you to get involved over the summer.
We Are Now
be part of the legend,
become a wind charmer.
The wind from the Dunstable Downs has got lost in the Town.
During the summer months the wind charmers walk around to catch the breezes that weave their way in and out of the town, confused in this maze of streets. In some hidden places, blowing slow and tired, in others, running around, agitated, playing with little girls hair.
With long strips of mirrors attached from their back, the wind charmers start collecting the lost wind, and in return the wind makes them dance.
At the end of the summer, when enough wind has been caught, the wind charmers meet on the Downs to take it back where it belongs, dancing to bring all the small breezes together into one strong wind. They then tie their strips to trees, benches, etc, for a whole new year of good wind and joy on the hills.
This grand event will take place on Sunday 15th September. Participants should gather at the National Trust Chilterns Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs at 2pm. Everyone’s welcome.
How can you get involved?
You can get involved on the day of the event itself, or by dropping in to one of the public workshops in and around Dunstable.
Find us at the following events:
Party in the Park, Saturday 20th July, 12-8pm, Grove House Gardens
Dunstable Kite Festival, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July, 11am-5pm, Dunstable Downs
Family Fun Day, Wednesday 31st July, 1-3pm, Creasey Park Club
National Play Day, Wednesday 7th August, 10am-3pm, Dunstable Market Square
Inflatable Day, Friday 9th August, 12-4pm, Grove House Gardens
Eid Festival, Sunday 11th August, 12-5pm, Dunstable Downs
To make all this happen we’re working with Dunstable Library, Dunstable Markets, Priory House Heritage and Tourist Information Centre, the Salvation Army, Queensbury Park and Watling Lower schools, and many more.
Special thanks go to the National Trust at Dunstable Downs and Dunstable Town Council.