REVIEW: Illumination Festival of Flowers
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REVIEW: Illumination – A Festival of Flowers, Winchester Cathedral
There we were, Hour 1 of Day 1, under sunshine and a clear blue sky – in the queue eagerly awaiting the doors of the Cathedral to open. As soon as we got in, we just knew we were in for a treat.
The large – scale exhibits are just breathtaking. I was particularly taken by ‘The Scribe’, which took 350 people to put together.
The exhibit is inspired by the scribe who put together the Bible with a steady hand – a single scribe taking at least three years.
I was mesmerised with this hanging installation as each part gently moved back and forth in the gentle breeze. Look from afar, or be encouraged to walk down the middle.
Look up at Parchment. And up, and up, and up…
But even the smaller exhibits are just as stunning. ‘Faith’ is based on a hill of crosses in Lithuania. Bend down and hear the heart beating. Enjoy the candlesticks of ‘Day and Night’.
It’s not just the exhibits themselves – for example, bend down at ‘Curved Line’ and look up at the roof for the stunning light.
Never seen the chapels right at the back? One of the guides made sure I went to see them. (Blessed and Contemplation). Blessed takes inspiration from Madonna and Child Altar frontal. Contemplation explores the power of prayer as a group.
(Contemplation – All Saints Winchester, Bransgore Flower Club, Grayshott Flower Club)
Remembrance is simple, yet beautiful.
We’ve waited three years since the last festival, and it’s been well worth the wait. The Festival continues until Sunday 9 September, and is a ‘must-see’. You could easily describe this one as stunning, and we will. Breathtaking and stunning.
Take your time – there’s a delight around each and every corner.
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