'Fountain of light' to mark gateway to Islington

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By abi_silvester | Saturday, October 23, 2010, 22:05

As a bit of a martyr to the winter blues, I was particularly excited to hear about a new temporary art installation for Arcwhay that will brigten up the sky. A spectacular 'fountain of light', the 30-foot high 'Rock Candy Fountain' will be installed at Islington's North boundary next month, to welcome visitors to the borough.

The Fountain, a work by David Bachelor, will be put in place next weekend, and officially unveiled on Monday 1st November by former Madness frontman Suggs. The date is a particularly appropriate choice for such a luminous piece of art, since it's the day after the clocks go back and the end of British Summer Time.

The 'fountain' itself will be made up of thousands of colourful fairground-style lights that will create the impression of movement when viewed from a distance. Speaking earlier this week to the Islington Gazette, Organisor Anna Hart said: “This is a really big thing for Archway and Islington. It’s the kind of

thing you might see across the West End and think what an amazingly

beautiful piece it is.

“David is a top artist and this will bring in people from across

Islington and London. Around 2,000 buses a day come thorough Archway,

and hopefully we will get international visitors coming to see what all

the fuss is about while they are in London. It is going to be truly

spectacular and it’s very exciting. It will bring the borough alive.”

What do you think about the Archway Fountain. Much-needed pick-me-up for a dark corner or a huge waste of local funds?

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    I don't think it's a waste of local funds - the project is funded by Arts Council England! And we may not be able to use those words very often in the future, so the project and the funding alike get a thumbs-up from me.

    By LiseS at 13:29 on 25/10/10

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