If you’re exploring the Eden Project this summer, look out for a special place at the heart of our Wild Cornwall area that’s dedicated to love poems.
Step inside the bell tent and you’ll be greeted with a cascade of beautifully decorated bottles full of messages, complete with a delicious soundscape of poems read aloud to the sounds of the ocean.
It’s the creation of students at local Hayle School, who worked with artist Lucy Willow and poet Phil Bowen to respond to the theme of ‘the vastness of the ocean and of love’. Their installation of messages of love collaged onto glass bottles has been displayed as if washed into the tent by the tide.
The school was chosen as one of only 12 schools to participate in the nationwide InTents education project, itself part of the Peace Camp, a cultural celebration of love across the UK. The tents will then travel to the Southbank in London on 4 October 2012, where they will be displayed together along the riverside as part of National Poetry Day celebrations.
Inspired by the Olympic Truce, whose roots date back to Ancient Greece, the Peace Camp is part of the London 2012 Festival and its main event is the creation of a magical coastal installation around the UK between 19 and 22 July this year.
Its director Deborah Warner, working with actor Fiona Shaw, has commissioned ‘eight murmuring, glowing encampments’ at the UK’s most beautiful and remote coastal locations. Its producers Artichoke describe them as ‘a poignant exploration of love poetry and a celebration of the extraordinary variety and beauty of our coastline’.
Visitors are invited to explore the locations between dusk and dawn, listening to a specially created soundscape. Here in Cornwall the Peace Camp will be on Godrevy Island.
If you can’t find a Peace Camp near you, you’re invited to nominate and record your favourite love poems and submit your own messages online.
The Peace Camp tent with Hayle School’s installation will be situated in Eden’s Wild Cornwall area between 19 July and 30 August 2012.