Luminous tents and love poems for Olympic art installation
An Olympic Festival art installation featuring luminous tents and Welsh poetry is opening on Anglesey.
The four-night Peace Camp event at Cemaes Bay is one of eight happening around the UK's coastline as part of the London 2012 Festival.
The illuminated tents represent a welcoming beacon to Olympic visitors, while the poetry celebrates different languages and accents from the UK.
Actor Ioan Gruffudd recorded Ar Lan Y Mor (By the Seaside) for the project.
The project was designed by theatre and opera director Deborah Warner in collaboration with the actor Fiona Shaw, who travelled around Britain recording love poems from around the country.
Ms Warner said: "Poetry was once part of the Olympics and love poetry is the opposite of war. So much of the Olympics is about competition. This is the antidote to that."Outstanding locations
End Quote Helen Marriage Artistic director, Artichoke
In Wales it was the bleak magnificence and extraordinary juxtaposition of the Wylfa Nuclear Power Station, situated just west of Cemaes Bay.”
Peace Camp was inspired by the Olympic Truce ideal dating back to the origin of the ancient games which allowed warring Greek communities to come together peaceably to take part in competitions.
Helen Marriage is the artistic director of Artichoke, the company commissioned to produce the work.
She said: "Deborah and I travelled the whole of the UK coastline to find exactly the right locations.
"We couldn't possibly place encampments around the entire 7,000 miles of British coastline and so narrowed it down to eight outstanding locations. It took months touring the perimeter of the UK looking for landscapes that were both inspiring and practical.
"The selected sites are not necessarily hospitable and not the usual sort of beach which you might like to visit.
"Each peace camp is sited either close by or next to a manmade intervention in the landscape.
"In Wales it was the bleak magnificence and extraordinary juxtaposition of the Wylfa Nuclear Power Station, situated just west of Cemaes Bay."
As well as Ar Lan Y Mor, other poetry from Wales includes Yr Wylan (The Gull) by Dafydd ap Gwilym and The Day After Valentine's Day by Menna Elfyn.
The eight sites go live simultaneously at 21.30 BST on Thursday and run through the night until 05.30 BST, and again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.