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ROOT1066: iy_project - Chris Levine

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It's September, so in Hastings that would normally mean Coastal Currents Arts Festival; but not this year. This year we have ROOT1066, an arts festival marking the 950th anniversary of The Battle of Hastings. There is a lot going on, and last weekend the town was treated to lasers.

LASERS.

Light artist Chris Levine illuminated Hastings on Saturday night, with a soundscape provided by Marco Perry. It was pretty special, on Friday night I was lucky enough to catch them testing out the lasers when I ran into the illuminated bike ride on my way home from the pub. (The illuminated bike rides take place on Friday nights during Coastal Currents and are always great fun). It was a joy to watch the robot cyclists and the overhead lasers.

Levine used the pier to base most his lasers on, but there was also one on the East Hill, and on top of Marine Court. Despite not having tickets for the pier head, watching the display from the beach was enough for me. Hidden from the drizzle in Bottle Alley, Pickles and I were not alone in watching this spectacle.

My photographs are not brilliant. I make very little excuse for that. I was too busy drinking and watching and enjoying what this town has to offer.

ROOT1066 / Chris Levine

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