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Glowing Wheels


Glowing Wheels are kinetic lighting installations relating to the genus loci of the famous Spanish City Fairground in Whitley Bay, connecting the memories of the place to its new development and use of the space. 

The Rainbow Pleasure Wheel was imported from the United States to the Spanish City. When completed in June 1914, it allowed people to ride around it at up to 40 miles per hour. It was hailed as a success and in the following week it was claimed that thousands had ridden the wheel, declaring it to be "thrilling", "champion" and "extra". Aether & Hemera's Glowing Wheels refers to the spinning ferris wheel; its dynamism will reflect the thrill of the ride and its coloured lights will echo the multi coloured neons of the fairground.

More information the Guardian Blog 

Commissioned by NTC Cultural Services for Shimmer Event 2012

Photo Credit: Gloria Ronchi

Digital art allow us to engage with public memory and, in this project, reliving Whitley Bay’s traditions and Spanish City’s recollections.
Photo: George Bosnyak (c) North Tyneside Council Photo: George Bosnyak (c) North Tyneside Council Aether & Hemera’s installation explore light’s creative and artistic potential to express ideas, emotions and surprising encounters, and are crafted to generate a sense of joy in everyone, from children to elder adults, interacting with their emotional perception

Glowing Wheels from Aether & Hemera on Vimeo.

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