Matthew Andrews

Hundreds of "peace tents" will be illuminated to commemorate the ancient Olympic Truce.

A series of luminous encampments spread all over the British coastline will ring in this summer’s Olympic Games and the London 2012 Festival.

Designed by director Deborah Warner in collaboration with actor Fiona Shaw, the massive installation and soundscape, entitled "Peace Camp," will encircle the UK from coast to coast to commemorate the Olympic Truce, the ancient Greek tradition of instituting a ceasefire for the duration of the Games to ensure safe travel and passage of the athletes.

From dusk through dawn, encampments at eight coastal locations – from such historical sites as Mussenden Temple along Ireland’s Coleraine to the 700 year-old ruin of Dunstanburgh castle in England – will hum with the recordings of spoken words and love poems, all while a muted orange glow emanates from the illuminated camping tents. The recordings will intermingle with the natural sounds of the coast, ostensibly "representing a spectrum of traditions and languages across the centuries." The composition of the recordings allows for fragments of the poems to be woven together, inhabiting the same soundscape.

An online version of Peace Camp allows users to record their own readings of the poems, as well as write messages and dedications. Visitors can also listen and download the soundscape, created by Mel Mercier, online for a limited time. The installation will open this Thursday, July 19th, running through the weekend until the last of the lights have been extinguished, just in time for the start of the Games.

Photos courtesy of Matthew Andrews.

This post originally appeared on Architizer.

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