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  • Fly By Night

    (USA)

    Duke Riley

    East Thamesmead

    'SPELLBINDING'

    The Telegraph

    'THE BIRDS’ PERFORMANCE WAS A REVELATION, A TOUCHING UNITY OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, WITH SKY, WATER AND THE CITY.'

    New York Times

    This was a LIFT commission which was part of LIFT 2018

    Duke Riley’s epic outdoor work saw over 1500 LED-lit pigeons soar into the skies above the River Thames in a glorious spectacle of unprecedented scale and beauty.

    In its first international performance since its premiere at New York City’s Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2016, Riley’s world-class airborne installation was reimagined for London’s historical military location of Thamesmead and paid beautiful homage to some of the First World War’s unsung heroes who played crucial roles delivering messages between distant personnel.

    Fly by Night followed in a LIFT lineage of exceptional outdoor productions that bring London to life. From Sky Orchestra which saw hot air balloons broadcast a dawn symphony over the city’s rooftops, to One Extraordinary Day for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad which saw acrobats scaling London landmarks such as City Hall, the Millennium Bridge and the London Eye.

    Fly By Night was originally commissioned by New York-based public arts non-profit, Creative Time. It was co-presented with Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and Thamesmead’s 50th anniversary. A free performance for local Thamesmead residents took place on Wed 20 June.

    Dates: Thu 21 – Sat 23 June 2018


    'THE UNLOVED PIGEON TRULY TRANSCENDS ITS FILTHY STEREOTYPE TO PERFORM AN AERIAL BALLET OF EPIC PROPORTIONS – JUST BEAUTIFUL.’

    ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Co-commissioned by LIFT, Peabody, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and London Borough of Bexley and 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Supported and hosted by Peabody. Supported by The Purple Plume Foundation. Originally commissioned by Creative Time. LEDs designed and supplied by 10xBeta. Thank you to Crossness Pumping Station. Images: Victor Frankowski