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DofE award candidates help to create major installation for Lumiere

DofE award candidates help to create major installation for Lumiere

DurhamGate Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award candidates have helped to create a major installation, known as the Consumerist Christmas Tree, as part of the Lumiere Festival of Light. The tree is a key attraction at Lumiere, made out of thousands of plastic bags which have been turned into a spectacular piece of artwork. It will be displayed in the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, and will remain there after Lumiere, as part of the festive celebrations. The candidates aged between 14 and 24, who are from across South West Durham helped to create the recycled tree, at a series of workshops held at the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre where they helped to add an incredible 3,000 plastic bags to the installation. The Consumerist Christmas Tree has been designed by Luzinterruptus, an anonymous art collective based in Madrid. The group creates public displays using light as a means to highlight previously anonymous places that have a special artistic value, and have exhibited work worldwide in locations such as Buenos Aires, Venezuela and Russia. The festive efforts of the young people will not end with the creation of the tree. Fund raising stalls will be manned by the candidates at the Lumiere Festival on 14 November. The young people will also help at festive celebrations at DurhamGate, which include a Christmas Tree Lights Switch On and a Christmas Market at livin’s head office on 28 November. The Lumiere Festival is a series of installations and projections designed to illuminate Durham’s buildings, streets and public spaces. The light works has been created by local and international artists, lighting designers, and community groups in order to bring the city to life. Helen Attley, Concierge Manager at DurhamGate, said: “The tree will help to raise awareness of the excessive waste of plastic bags, and the damage they do to the environment, which is something that needs to be addressed. It is a fantastic piece of artwork and the young people should be very proud of their involvement. “Events such as this allow the DofE candidates to develop new skills and self-confidence, which will help their future career development. Having a positive effect upon these young people’s lives is very important to us, and we will continue to support the candidates.”

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