A Mesmerising 11-Metre Outdoor Art Installation Has Been Unveiled In Kingston

Jack Saddler Jack Saddler - Staff Writer

Echolocation Art Installation in Kingston

‘Echolocation’ arrives in Kingston on April 14.

Many of you will be itching to get out and view some artwork in any form, having been prevented from doing so in most ways since last year. While you’ll have to wait a little longer until indoor art galleries can open, let us tell you about something new that arrives tomorrow (April 14), which you most definitely are allowed to fest your eyes on. [Featured Image: Echolocation].

Over in Kingston, Mat Collishaw is opening his first permanent outdoor installation, and it looks absolutely incredible.


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Titled Echolocation, the installation is a stunning piece of video art, stretching 11-metres and viewing the Undercroft–a long alleyway that runs between the river Thames and All Saints Church. Echolocation‘s aim is demonstrate 1,000 years of local history in the area.

Mat Collishaw has portrayed a virtual version of the chapel that originally stood at the site of the All Saints Church, doing so by drawing on the history of the site. This process used Lidar or laser scanners to create the installation, and was given its name as the procedure itself draws parallels with the echolocation methods used by bats. This tells another story of the locale, given Kingston is a bat conservation area.

3D scans were assembled to create a ghost-like film that projects onto a semi-transparent mesh showing the scale of the chapel. Bats also make an appearance in the video, which is a nod to the work of Eadweard Muybridge–a pioneer of stopmotion photography in the 1800s, who happened to be from Kingston. He adopted the Saxon spelling of his Christian name, given the heritage of the kings at the coronation site of the chapel.

A soft, single cello and virtual choir underpin the visuals of Echolocation and, as you may have guessed, it’s highly recommended that you visit as night begins to fall!

Location: 6 Riverside Walk, Kingston, KT1 1QN. Nearest station is Kingston (National Rail). See it on Google Maps.
More information: Mat Collishaw’s website.

In other news, the Natural History Museum is set to reopen next month.