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Sean Griffiths reveals Distant Drumbeat installation

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Sean Griffiths, ex director of FAT, has created an architectural art piece for the National Trust’s Lyme Park on the edge of the Peak District

The installation, named Distant Drumbeat is a simple, temple-like structure, constructed in timber, with a built in drum kit. It sits half a mile away from an existing sandstone three-storey folly called the Lantern.

Griffiths and his team have rigged up lighting to the folly and white pads that act as satellite dishes to each structure. When visitors to the grounds beat the drums in Griffith’s installation, signals bound across to the folly and the lights flash to the beat.

The project is part of a broader initiative by publically funded arts organisation New Expressions and other organisations to bring contemporary art and architecture to heritage buildings.

Judith King who has collaborated with Griffiths on the project, said: ‘There is lots of commissioning opportunity right now for architects to engage with heritage locations’.

Griffiths is currently in talks about recreating the installation on a much larger scale elsewhere. He said that the project has allowed him to push the boundaries of the discipline, bringing audible, tactile and interactive qualities to the grade II-listed Lantern.

Distant Drumbeat is on location from 13 June to 31 October and officially launches on 4 September.

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