Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 3
The third day of install saw the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery completely transformed!
The distinctive blue chairs, the iconic image of PQ2015, greeted us from the gallery entrance. They have been suspended from a bridge which links the gallery to the medieval Bethlehem chapel on the opposite side of the courtyard.
The graphics for the installation, designed by Marc Jennings, went up in the gallery foyer first thing. This included an enormous infographic, measuring 3m x 5m. Drawing inspiration from a site map used by the infrastructure department at the Glastonbury Festival, the infographic firmly grounds the installation in the topography of Worthy Farm and reflects how the festival emerges from and works with the Somerset countryside. The layers of precise detail and information visible on the map suggest the depth of organisation and infrastructure that support the largest green field festival in the world! Adding to these layers, the site map is overlaid with facts and stats about the festival and its history. The map was shortly followed by the title of the installation and a quotation from William Blake’s poem Jerusalem, which further emphasise the significance of the sense of place on the festival site through time, as well as its legendary associations with early Christianity, Arthurian Legend, Pagan rites and leylines.
Meanwhile, in the main gallery space, work was underway marrying the sound and visual elements together to bring the installation to life. Gareth Fry, sound designer, and Luke Halls, video designer, spent the day together in the space with the installation team to synch sound and sight, with exiting results!