The winter skies around the Cultural Quarter will be lit up by Rhizome: a glowing series of tall structures connected by gentle colour changing neon ropes, probing for unexpected connections, in search of the boundaries between nature and technology, from 18 November 2021 to 5 January 2022.

Image: Rhizome, by Valery Bellengier. Copyright Tom & Lien Dekywere.

Hundreds of meters of suspended, illuminated rope will create a glowing, interconnected network overhead, forming an immersive cocoon in which to wander and bathe in the softly glowing light.

The word ‘rhizome’ originates from the world of botany, and the installation reflects our intrinsic connection to nature, as well as the blurred boundaries between the natural world and technology.

Image: Rhizome light installation, launching with the Leicester Christmas lights switch on, 18 November 2021.
Rhizome in Brussels. Copyright Tom & Lien Dekyvere, 2020.

From our relationships and connections, both online and offline, through to the underground communication networks of plants and microbes, we humans are connected just like the roots of a tree.

The interconnected network of glowing ropes in ‘Rhizome’ reminds us of this, symbolising the connection and disconnection that makes up the web life and our multifaceted human experience, creating an inspiring space in which to meditate on these ideas and themes.

The light installation, created by artists Tom and Lien Dekyvere, will bathe Orton Square in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter with gleaming light from 18 November 2021 to 5 January 2022, illuminated between 4:30 pm – 10:30pm daily.

Image: Rhizome by Valery Bellengier. Copyright Tom & Lien Dekywere.

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