New date for Wiltshire hill to become giant illuminated breast

illuminated breast An artist's impression of the dome has been created

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A new date has been set to transform a Wiltshire hill into a giant illuminated breast for a UK cancer charity.

Wiltshire-based light artist Bruce Munro is hoping to install a glowing 5m by 3m (16ft x 10ft) dome on the top of Long Knoll in Kilmington on 22 June.

He said he was supporting the charity Cancerkin after a friend died from breast cancer.

The nipple made of thousands of plastic bottles was due to be lit last year but the event was delayed by the weather.

Victoria Todd from Cancerkin said: "We've now set a date when we think the weather will be absolutely fine."

Mr Munro is best known for his lighting installation Field of Light and his CDSea of 600,000 unwanted CDs, both of which he installed in a 10-acre field close to his Wiltshire home.

In November he announced he had teamed up with Cancerkin to transform the chalk hill itself into a "breast-shaped illumination".

"I lost a dear friend very young to breast cancer," he said.

"Meeting Victoria Todd from Cancerkin was the link needed for me to create my own incarnation of a beacon of light in support of all who are, or have been, affected by this disease."

Visible for miles

The Beacon On The Hill will be made up of 2,730 plastic bottles laced with pink and blue fibre optics.

It will be created at the top of the 288m (945ft) hill and be visible for miles.

Bruce Munro's CD Sea at Long Knoll, Wiltshire An "ocean" of 600,000 donated CDs was installed by Bruce Munro in a field close to his home

"It's a huge physical and logistical challenge," he said.

"It will take a week for a team of five, working in all weathers, to construct this one-off installation.

"We couldn't get vehicles up on to the knoll [last November] and we did consider putting it into the field but actually then it loses its point."

Cancerkin has invited people to sponsor each of the 2,730 bottles, which will be lit up in the pink and blue colours of the charity at sunset over the weekend.

"Currently over 2,400 bottles have been sponsored and we've raised about £5,800," said Ms Todd, the charity's chief executive.

"And nothing will stop us getting that installation up the hill."

The beacon is due to be illuminated for about four hours on 22 and 23 June from 21:30 BST.

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