Invisible Decorations

Interaction Design WORK IN PROGRESS Show (10)

Grizedale Arts plans to move to Lawson Park (Cumbria, UK), in a farmhouse that overlooks Coniston Water and across the lake, Coniston village. Grizedale Arts do not plan (and would not gain planning permission) to open Lawson Park to visitors, instead emphasis is placed on offering a rich context for artists practice. This creates an ambiguous interrelationship between Coniston village and the presence of the artists on the hill.


The Invisible Decorations project, by Tom Jenkins, seeks to explore this relationship, the social and aesthetic visibility of the centre to villagers below.

Grizedale Arts have, in the past, taken down outdoor work that uses visible light at Lawson Park, following complaint from villagers upset at the distant point of light interrupting the dark serenity of the hillside.

Invisible Decorations are large scale Christmas light extravaganza that would adorn Lawson Park and the forest trees throughout the festive season. The lights broadcast their image into the valley invisibly and would be encountered by visitors and residents of the village at a single point across the Lake. A small hide, similar to those used for watching wildlife, houses a night-vision telescope through which the infrared lights are visible.