Tree of Light was 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 took 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.
“It was really, really amazing, and an extraordinary sustained feat of organisation.” Orlando Gough, Tree of Light Composer
The two year project led by Thames Arts (Windsor Festival, CIAO, Oxford Inspires and Henley Festival) also 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.
“…a truly magical performance it looked spectacular, the whole thing was incredible.” Rhonda Fenwick, Tree of Light Root Group Leader – Mona Lisa Arts & Media