This Way Forward

In the lead up to Cop26 and to mark the 30th anniversary of the UK’s first wind farm, Good Energy commissioned Luke Jerram to create an experimental light projection. The one night event took place at the GAIA Energy Centre in Delabole, Cornwall.

Projected onto a 100m tall wind turbine, the artwork featured moving images and messages to world leaders. Climate Stripes showing how the average temperatures of the UK have increased over the past 100 years were beamed onto the blades and mast of the turbine.  Music for the artwork was provided by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones with additional imagery for the projection by Real World Visuals.

Over 400 residents of the village came to see the artwork and celebrate the anniversary of the wind farm which was originally built by the Edwards family 30 years ago.

Luke said: “We all need to do what we can, to do to battle the climate crisis. As an artist I’m hoping my skills in visual communication may be of use. This commission also gave me an opportunity to try out many new techniques and ideas. I liked the way some of the imagery on the blades only became truly visible through long exposure photographs.”

Good Energy, which owns and operates the wind farm, commissioned the project to inspire world leaders on the eve of the hugely important climate conference.

Nigel Pocklington, CEO of Good Energy, said: “The UK’s journey to net zero started in a small Cornish village back in the 90s. The Edwards family were pioneers of a green revolution 30 years ago, at a time when wind power was barely heard of. We wanted to mark this anniversary, bring the community together, and send a message to world leaders that the time is now.”