We started work on the two year programme Tree of Light one of Legacy Trust UK’s national projects, supported by Arts Council England and designed to bring together a large group of community performers to create an unforgettable contribution to the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Participants worked towards taking part in performances around a central Tree of Light; a monumental, sculptured work of art created by innovative high tech theatrical design duo Block9 and powered by the energy of humans, using Electric Pedals adapted bicycles.
Creative Junction led the coordination and management of the Windsor Hub Root Groups, made up of a total of 300 people aged 9 to 90 from community, arts and faith groups, colleges, schools and social enterprises, from the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Slough Borough Council and South Buckinghamshire District Council. Our Hub Root Groups were: Creative Academy; Colnbrook Primary School; Dedworth Middle School; Dorney Combined School; Eton Wick First School; Langley Academy; Mona Lisa Arts and Media; SWIPE (Slough West Indian Peoples Enterprise) and Slough Town Centre Churches.
The two year project led by Thames Arts (Windsor Festival, CIAO, Oxford Inspires and Henley Festival) brought together diverse community groups from around Oxfordshire and Reading. The grand finale in the summer of 2012 involved 50 power pedalling cyclists, a choir of more than a hundred, a live community band and over 1,000 community performers dancing around a 100 tonne Tree, at Stonor Park, Oxfordshire.
Participants also performed in South Park, Oxford and at the Madejski Stadium, Reading as part of the London 2012 Torch Events.