Seven Nocturnal Rainbows - drifts of floating multi coloured lights.
Apr 18

Ullswater Lake Ignites - Seven Nocturnal Rainbows

Here at Sharrow Bay we can’t wait to see Lakes Ignite’s Installation Event on Ullswater on the 3rd and 4th of May. Artist Charles Monkhouse has created Seven Nocturnal Rainbows for a really exciting contemporary art event that celebrates the heritage of the Lakes Artists and Poets, particularly those of the Romantic and Picturesque periods. The Lake District has an International heritage of writers and artists, who came to this previously private and historically fearsome corner of England to be inspired by its harsh and grandiose scenery. Inspired in particular by JMW Turner’s painting, ‘A Shower, Buttermere’, which shows a twilight rainbow against a stormy nightfall backdrop of Fleetwith Pike, the interpretation promises to be appropriately beautiful and romantic. Released into the lake, the contemporary rainbows will appear as the light fades each evening and will become stronger as night takes over from day. Each rainbow consists of up to 250 floating LED units, each with its own GPS sensor, reacting to their location to create a gigantic spectrum as they travel across the lakes. The exact motion of the lights will depend on the wind, and each passage will last approximately one to one and a half hours. There are only seven of them being staged on three lakes, and they promise to be one the major contemporary art events in the North of England, so don’t miss out. We’re hoping to use our hotel boat to view the event from the water – we have the permission of the artist, so now we only have to check insurance and other such issues. It promises to be a beautiful way of marking the move towards Summer. Lakes Culture is developing an exciting quality programme of artistic events – we’ll keep you posted. Photo Credit: Dave white courtesy of

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