York Minster/ Platinum&Light

Commemorating Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

For the second time, I was commissioned to design the grand Finale and other sections of York Minster cathedral, a projection mapping show produced by The Projection Studio, commemorating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
You could experience York Minster in a different light during October 2022, when the cathedral’s cavernous Nave was illuminated with a new sound and light projection – Platinum and Light.
The new installation was created by award-winning artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid, who created the spectacular Northern Lights projection and sound artwork that ran at the Minster in October
2019. AS it happened back then, I was honoured again to create the design for the finale of the show.
The new show, which run for eight nights from Thursday 20 to Thursday 27 October 2022, takes inspiration from Her Late Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It uses precious metals through the ages, including gold, silver and platinum, to journey through key moments in York’s and the Minster’s history and their royal connections.
The events will help raise funds for the Minster’s current project to conserve the medieval St Cuthbert Window, which is one of the largest surviving narrative windows in Europe, and the stonework of the surrounding South Quire Transept.
Projection artist Ross Ashton explained: “We wanted to create something which marked the Platinum Jubilee and the historic milestone in the reign of Her Late Majesty the Queen, so we took this as a starting point to explore how we use metals to denote the passage of time.
“We wanted to bring this back to York and look at stories which specifically come from the city, using the Minster’s historic collection and architecture as inspiration. So we start by exploring the Viking influence here through iron, then look at the Byzantine Empire through gold and end with the ‘modern’ metal platinum.”
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