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Phoenix

Commissioned by The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership, the Lomond Phoenix was a fantastical light sculpture, standing three metres tall to act as a celebratory spectacle at the closing party of their three year project.

 

AIM

To create an art piece that would reflect the changing nature of LLLP as it transitioned from an active funded conservation project to a legacy. It was key that the volunteers could get hands on with making the sculpture, and feel ownership of their contribution 

OUTCOME

The form of a Phoenix was chosen to represent this change, showing that the values and connections of the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership would live on and have continued impact around Fife.

 
 
 
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Process

 

Initial discussion with LLLP, clarifying aim of the art piece and devising the idea of the Phoenix and project plan. Fantom ran free workshops for the project volunteers and wider community, upskilling in willow-work and building the Phoenix feathers to be used in the final sculpture.

The phoenix was constructed to act as a giant lantern, installed atop the hill in a nest made from gathered wood and lit from inside. A phoenix egg was made with clay sourced locally on the estate, as the sculpture was installed this was laid carefully in the ‘nest’.

During the evening of the final LLLP celebration, we led a lantern walk up the hill, with each volunteer carrying the feather they had made. On arriving at the phoenix, we ceremonially gave her the feathers, to ready for the transformation.

During the evening of the final LLLP celebration, we led a lantern walk up the hill, with each volunteer carrying the feather they had made. On arriving at the phoenix, we ceremonially gave her the feathers, to ready for the transformation.

The egg was sent along the line from the oldest volunteer to the youngest, passing through each pair of hands before being placed in the nest. 3,2,1… and the Phoenix was set alight, blazing in a tower of sparks against the backdrop of the Lomond hill.

The next day, the now fire-baked egg was retrieved from the ashes, and presented to the leaders of the Living Lomonds Partnership as a reminder of the project.

 
 

with Thanks to

Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership, Kelly Hodgson and FCFS events team, Ninian Stewart, Ed Heather Hayes, Tom Watton and Vision Mechanics.
Stewards: Alice, Louise, Amy, Peter, Elspeth and Ali, and FCFS volunteers.
Make Assistants: Alice Knight and Emily Martinelli