Carol’s BIG idea: let there be lights ...

ART PLANS: Carol Parker pictured (right) during a Spalding project with Amy Lee and Cheryl Ash.
ART PLANS: Carol Parker pictured (right) during a Spalding project with Amy Lee and Cheryl Ash.
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Imagine creating a living map of lights using willow lanterns across South Holland ... and taking aerial photographs from the night sky.

Spalding artist Carol Parker said: “It’s an idea I’ve had for a very long time but never found the right ear to whisper it into.”

Carol has decided now is the right time as the Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press have appealed for your big ideas to help improve the quality of life for people in our district.

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes is backing our plea for our readers to share their big ideas and says we should have “a very clear, well defined vision of what we want the future to look like”.

But he also says a host of little projects – things like public art – could help transform our area.

Carol says: “The idea is to create a map of the town centre and waterway using willow lanterns. A very simple and accessible technique that can range from a simple hand-held lantern to huge and more intricate structures.

“Figureheads on the boats, static lanterns secured to lampposts, installations in Ayscoughfee Gardens, a display in each shop window in the town involving all retailers, lanterns secured to bicycles or wheelchairs and pushchairs etc.

“The whole project would involve the whole community of South Holland creating lanterns on a grand scale – each community choosing a different colour.

“It could be displayed for one night only with aerial photographs, music and food stalls.”

Carol calls the part of the project in Spalding town centre “Light Along the Water”.

She specialises in bringing art to the public and would like to repeat a project she was involved with in The Crescent, Spalding, where an empty shop was turned into a studio open to the public.

Carol is involved in a similar project in Nottinghamshire, called the Newark Empty Shop and Hidden Gallery, which runs from December 1-20, and has been jointly commissioned with a fellow artist by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Part of the brief involves “a mapping element to connect communities and raise awareness of groups, organisations and artists locally together with a special activity to promote independent 
shops working with Totally Locally”.

l Please email your big 
ideas to or write to The Spalding Guardian, 
Priory House, The Crescent, 
Spalding PE11 1AB.