London, 21st June 2013. UK breast cancer charity Cancerkin, in collaboration with world-renowned light artist Bruce Munro, will light up a modern day beacon on a hill outside Bath on Saturday 22st June. The beacon will be constructed from 2,730 individually lit plastic bottles and is designed to illuminate the night sky from miles around the site, sending out a universal message of hope.
“Anyone whose life has been touched by breast cancer can be part of this light show, by sponsoring a light and attaching to it their own personal message, helping to illuminate the night with their hopes. So far, over 2,400 bottles have been sponsored with messages from those who have lost, loved and survived,” said Cancerkin CEO, Victoria Todd.
The installation, dubbed ‘Beacon on the Hill’, will be placed bottle by bottle on a 288 metre chalk hill just outside Bath. This presents a huge physical and logistical challenge; the installation was planned to be lit up on 27th November last year but flooding in the area was so severe that safety experts decided to postpone the event.
The artist was inspired to produce this work by the memory of a close friend, lost to breast cancer at just 33. “This hill and surrounding countryside has long been my ‘canvas’. I lost a dear friend very young to breast cancer. By illuminating the night sky for a brief moment, I hope to send the message “you are not alone”, said artist Bruce Munro.
Beacon on the Hill will be lit on the night of 22nd June 2013, in front of what is expected to be a large crowd of supporters from across the country. The moment will be captured by photographers, adding this work to the catalogue of images from Bruce’s work at the V&A and Longwood Gardens, ensuring Beacon on the Hill will continue to be a symbol of hope and unity long after the lights are turned out.
“This is a historical event which we hope will draw attention to the issue of breast cancer in a remarkable way. There’s still time to lighten your heart and reach for the sky with your own message. Any donation, large or small, will to help fund our specialised support services for women.” said Cancerkin CEO Victoria Todd.
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Supporters have until the 2nd March 2013 to sponsor a bottle with their personal message. To take part, they can download a bottle sponsorship form from the Cancerkin website (www.cancerkin.org.uk), visit our JustGiving page or simply call Cancerkin on 020 7830 2323 to make a donation and leave a personal message.
Cancerkin was set up in 1987 as the first hospital-based, dedicated breast cancer charity in the UK, Cancerkin offers supportive care services to those living with the disease. The charity helps hundreds of women each year deal with the trauma of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Bruce Munro is a British lighting designer and installation artist. Munro is best known for lighting installations such as Field of Light, which was first exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in 2004. Bruce’s most recent exhibition has just been held to critical acclaim in America at the historic Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, with the 23-acre show drawing record numbers to the gardens to experience the night time