The Peace Camp project at Dunstanburgh Castle, near Craster in Northumberland, came to life yesterday.
The beautiful and haunting spectre is part of the London 2012 Festival and is a part of a chain of coastal installations celebrating love poetry and landscape and is in place from July 19 – 22.
The idea for the Peace Camps, taking place along the Britsh coastline, was inspired by the Olympic Truce. The truce is a little-known tradition that occurs when the United Nations calls on all warring nations to lay down their arms for the duration of the Olympic Games.
Director Deborah Warner, in collaboration with Fiona Shaw (best-known as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films), was commissioned to create Peace Camp, a coastal installation encircling the UK.
Ms Shaw said: “These islands have a strong tradition of poetry, of capturing human experiences with words. In moments of true love or painful parting, all that’s unimportant falls away and language is laid bare. We quote poets in times of need, borrowing their fragments of feelings.”
Actors Anne-Marie Duff, Jane Horrocks, Alun Armstrong and Jonathan Pryce will be among those reading poems, along with poets Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion and novelist Edna O’Brien.
These people have called on people living and visiting the British Isles to submit love poems to be read out at eight coastal locations, including Dunstanburgh.
Peace Camps will take place in Downhill Beach in Northern Ireland, White Park Bay on the North Antrim Coast, Cemaes Bay in Anglesey, Mussenden Temple and Cliff Beach on the Isle of Lewis, Fort Fiddes in Aberdeenshire, Cuckmere Haven in Sussex and Godrevy in Cornwall.