The dramatic natural land formation of The Old Man of Storr in Trotternish on the Isle of Skye was transformed through illumination and sound throughout the months of August and September in 2005.
For forty-two nights, The Storr: Unfolding Landscape brought an audience of 6,500 people, equipped with headlamps, guides and walking sticks on a strenuous walk to witness one of Europe’s most dramatic and inspiring landscapes at midnight.
The massed pinnacles and buttresses were illuminated while powerful soundscapes drifted down from the ridges above.
The animation featured new soundworks by Skye-based composer Paul Mounsey and Geir Jenssen from Norway. Anne Martin's live singing and the voice of Skye’s poet, Sorley MacLean could be heard drifting through the forest on descent.
The Storr: Unfolding Landscape created an intense and personal experience for each walker, with the dynamics of the weather leading to varied reactions.
Entertainment Lighting Award, Lighting Design Awards UK, 2006
Team of the Year Award, Scottish Enterprise’s Dynamic Place Awards, 2005
Highly Commended: Innovation category, Highland Tourism Awards, 2005
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