This is not a UFO, but a beautiful breast-shaped Beacon that will light up for a brief moment on a hill outside Bath next March to give courage and kinship to those affected by breast cancer.
The ‘Beacon on the Hill’ light show will be captured by a series of images, ensuring that it will continue to be a symbol of hope and unity long after the lights are turned out.
Thanks to this computer generated image, we preview the moment. The sculpture is the vision of artist Bruce Munro and will be made of 2730 blue and pink plastic bottles, each sponsored by supporters who have attached a personal message to their bottle.
At 5 metres wide and 3 metres high, the installation will be placed bottle by bottle on a 288 metre chalk hill near Bath. A huge physical and logistical challenge, it will take a week for a team of five, working in all weathers, to construct this one-off installation, ensuring the ‘Beacon’ on Long Knoll, Wiltshire, can be seen for miles.
Bruce Munro lost a close friend to breast cancer at 33 and it was her memory that has inspired Bruce to create an installation to help the charity Cancerkin continue to support those affected by the disease.
He is best known for his Field of Light installation which was exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2004 and is now installing a field of waving “desert flowers” in a huge field.
He comments, “This hill and surrounding countryside has long been my ‘canvas’. I lost a dear friend very young to breast cancer and meeting Victoria Todd from Cancerkin was the link needed for me to create my own incarnation of a beacon of light in support of all who are, or have been, affected by this disease. By illuminating the night sky for a brief moment, I hope to send the message “you are not alone”.
It is expected that hundreds of people will gather for the lighting up ceremony near Kimlington. If you would like to donate, download a sponsorship form from the Cancerkin website or call the charity on 02078302323.