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Credits: Lakes Alive by Dan Fox. Photograph by Pete Carr

  • Shimmer Tree

About artist

Dan Fox is a multi-media artist, musician, and installation creator. He learned his trade growing up on the road with Welfare State International. For over 30 years he has worked internationally with theatre companies, bands, festivals, and organisations. His practice encompasses many forms: music, sculpture, video, sound, and performance. Mixing-up engineering, imagination, cutting-edge technology, and age-old techniques.
He creates both site-specific and touring work. Often outside and increasingly off grid. In 2008 he founded Sound Intervention. Based in Cumbria, the company works with associate artists, technicians, and musicians.

Shimmer Tree is a 6 metre high tree sculpture. It has twelve large percussion cymbals suspended from its branches. Each cymbal resonates with amplified sound using vibrating tactile speakers.
A pixel-mapped network of over 700 LEDs illuminates Shimmer Tree with pulses and patterns of coloured light up and around the tree in response to the sound.  Audiences are invited to walk underneath the cymbals and absorb the ethereal soundscape that was created by recording wind-speed data and transforming it into contemplative aeolian music.

Shimmer was originally created with Phil Supple as a 150m long linear installation with 24 cymbals for Electric Glen in 2016 and has since appeared in various forms at Audiograft Festival, Freedom Festival, Lumiere Durham, Light Up Lancaster, Oxford Christmas Lights, Timber Festival, Lakes Alive, Lancashire Encounters, Manchester Folk Festival, DOCA Devizes and Appetite Festival.