Sound and lights as doves fly in Salisbury Cathedral

SALISBURY Cathedral will stay open on three summer evenings while the installation Les Colombes is on show in the nave. The late night sessions continue on Thursday 28th June and Thursday 12th July, when the Cathedral will be open after Evensong from 6.15 to 9.30pm.

Michael Pendry’s installation features a “flock” of 3,000 origami doves, complete with a specially tailored light and sound show.

Jacquiline Creswell, the Cathedral’s visual arts curator, says: “My original vision was that Les Colombes would be exhibited with its specially created sound and light design but in a working Cathedral it is not that easy to schedule that sort of display, so we decided on these late night events as an alternative.

“It is a chance to experience the full drama of the doves. The effect is mesmerising, providing an escape from everyday life and a chance to pause, reflect and contemplate the graceful flock and all it stands for.”

Les Colombes was originally planned to be part of A New Dawn, a series of events scheduled across the year to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. It was adopted by the Cathedral and city as a mark of Salisbury’s recovery from recent events and will be on view until 22nd July. Inspired by the installation, small flocks of doves can be spotted in businesses, schools, homes and shops across the city – testament to Salisbury’s recovery and the community spirit.

Photographs by Ash Mills.