Flash Fog. Photo - Colin Priest
30 November 2011
by Pete Collard
Flash Fog was a temporary motion-sensor light installation by Colin Priest commissioned by North Tyneside Council Arts Development Service, funded by Arts Council England for Shimmer 2011 at Whitley Bay beach.
Visitors of all ages were invited to take care and summon the "Spirit of the Sea" by walking around the perimeter of the lights, activating the motion-sensors and by blowing the mouth foghorns. The installation stages a peculiar natural phenomenon sometimes found along the North Sea coast of Whitley Bay - the sea fret or haar. With variation in occupancy and assorted light flashes the fog shifted throughout the night to create an entertaining and dynamic landscape whether near or far from the promenade for everyone to enjoy. Flash Fog was a state of spontaneous alchemy, capturing and heightening the senses to for contemporary memories of Whitley Bay over this fun weekend.