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Spectacle for the Solstice

AN extraordinary fusion of art, science and entertainment takes place this weekend at a three day celebration of the Summer solstice.

FREE PIC - Crawick Multiverse Solstice Events Preview, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, 19/06/2016:An extraordinary fusion of art, science and entertainment takes place this weekend (Friday 24th to Sunday 26th June 2016) at a three day celebration of the Summer solstice at the Charles Jencks designed Crawick Multiverse (correct), near Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.   Pictured rehearsing for the event are Lewis Sherlock from fantasy performance arts company Oceanallover (correct, from Moniaive, Dumfriesshire) with Murran Thin-Smith (correct, aged 10, from Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, pictured with parent's permission), and Charlie the Unicorn - pictured at "The Andromeda Galaxy" section of the 55 acre landscape installation, which was created from the site of a former open cast coal mine.  More info from: PR consultant Matthew Shelley - 07786 704 299 - MJHShelley@hotmail.co.uk  ; more Crawick Multiverse info on: www.crawickmultiverse.co.ukFree FIRST USE (ONLY) picture.Photography from:  Colin Hattersley Photography - colinhattersley@btinternet.com - www.colinhattersley.com - 07974 957 388

The Crawick Multiverse Solstice Festival will be held at the Charles Jencks’ designed venue near Sanquhar from Friday to Sunday, June 26.
It will feature performances, exhibitions, talks by leading professors and various activities.
For kids, there will be a Cosmic Treasure Hunt and play time adventure.
And the organisers promise ‘a spectacular Sunday event’ where Jencks will reveal his latest creation.

Charles Jencks and his new mosaic. Pic by Kim Ayres

Charles Jencks and his new mosaic. Pic by Kim Ayres

The dance of life and death between the sun and Earth is at the heart of the new mosaic, which lies in the centre of a huge amphitheatre
It reflects Jencks’ deep fascination with the way the cosmos works.
He said: “For Earth there is no greater agency than the sun, giving us warmth and much else besides.
“But its solar wind can be a killer and the occasional Solar Flare could rip through our atmosphere destroying it instantly, if it weren’t for our magnetic shield.
“Solar flares plus Earth shield equals visual beauty. The sun is less a warrior god and more a tender woman who pulls the earth along in warming, changing wave-forms.”

 Locals taking part this weekend include Norman Burns, chairman of Sanquhar Riding of the Marches Association; Murran Thin-Smith from Lochmaben; Lewis Sherlock of Moniaive arts company Oceanallover; Jan Hogarth, creative director at arts organisation Wide Open; Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Gala Queen Jill Watson; and Sanquhar Queen Chloe West


Locals taking part this weekend include Norman Burns, chairman of Sanquhar Riding of the Marches Association; Murran Thin-Smith from Lochmaben; Lewis Sherlock of Moniaive arts company Oceanallover; Jan Hogarth, creative director at arts organisation Wide Open; Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Gala Queen Jill Watson; and Sanquhar Queen Chloe West

   Lewis Sherlock, left, and Florence Garcia Chafuén from fantasy performance arts company Oceanallover in Moniaive prepare for this weekend's festival. Also pictured is with Murran Thin-Smith, from Lochmaben and Charlie the unicorn


Lewis Sherlock, left, and Florence Garcia Chafuén from fantasy performance arts company Oceanallover in Moniaive prepare for this weekend’s festival. Also pictured is with Murran Thin-Smith, from Lochmaben and Charlie the unicorn

Photos by Colin Hattersley

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