© Al Smith
  © Al Smith

Speed of Light Edinburgh

In August 2012 Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat was the stage for an extraordinary public art performance. The iconic mountain was brought to life in a mass choreographed act of walking and endurance running as part of Edinburgh International Festival and London 2012 Festival.

Nightly audiences walked to the summit carrying energy-harvesting light staffs, and become part of the work. A mesmerising set of patterns unfolded below as hundreds of sequenced runners activated the path networks in remotely-controlled light suits.

Each performance was an interaction between movement, light, sound and landscape, offering a rare perspective onto the city and night skies beyond.

The project extended across seven of Edinburgh’s Festivals in 2012, through talks, events and commissions investigating running, environmental art and human endurance.

NVA’s Speed of Light was one of only four national projects, commissioned as part of Legacy Trust UK’s Community Celebrations programme, which aimed to build a lasting legacy from the UK’s hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.