21 October 2021

Green Space Dark Skies commissioned as part of UNBOXED

“Green Space Dark Skies is about class and landscape, race and landscape, disability and landscape. We want to build more countryside stewards for the future and to inspire more people to see the connection between their use and enjoyment of the land and our care for the planet.”

John Wassell, Creative Producer Walk the Plank

Walk the Plank are 1 of 10 groundbreaking commissions announced as part of UNBOXED, a celebration of creativity taking place across the UK in 2022.

Announced today, UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is a groundbreaking celebration of creativity taking place across the UK in 2022, designed to reach millions and bring people together. It features free, large-scale events, installations and globally accessible digital experiences in the UK’s most ambitious showcase of creative collaboration.

Created by some of the brightest minds in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, UNBOXED features ten major, multi-site and digital creative projects that share new ideas and possibilities for the future. Events take place in towns, cities and rural areas, from the Outer Hebrides to Dover and from Omagh to Swansea, and across traditional and online media from 1 March to 2 October 2022.


Green Space Dark Skies, led by Walk the Plank, takes place from April to September and is one of ten major projects commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a ground-breaking UK-wide celebration of creativity in 2022, designed to celebrate science, technology, engineering, the arts and maths.

As the creative driving force behind Green Space Dark Skies, Walk the Plank will engage thousands of participants from diverse communities across the UK to take part in this mass participation project. Walk the Plank are committed to removing barriers in order to put inclusivity, sustainability, learning and creativity at the heart of Green Space Dark Skies.

20,000 people are invited to help create Green Space Dark Skies a series of major interventions that celebrate the UK landscape using new light technology and experienced by audiences online.

Sites across National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be illuminated in dramatic chains of light from sea to beach that spread down mountains like a burning fuse or stream through valleys. The project takes as its inspiration the 1932 Kinder Scout mass trespass, an act that led to the establishment of access rights to the countryside. Participants, known as ‘Lumenators’, will be recruited from local communities and equipped with handheld lights that make moving pictures across the landscape to be filmed and shared online. Developed by Siemens, the lighting technology uses existing wireless programmable lights and incorporates something that’s never been done before: the ability for these lights to be animated through geo positioning, where the position of each light can be known in relationship to the others.

Green Space Dark Skies is led by UK outdoor arts pioneers Walk the Plank working in collaboration with technology company Siemens, the University of Salford, National Parks UK and Landscapes for Life: the National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty who are responsible for the management of the project’s event sites; and working with diverse artists and creative collaborators in different locations, including integrated circus company Extraordinary Bodies, the collaboration between Diverse City and Cirque Bijou; and film production company CC-Lab.


Want to get involved? Find out how you can become a Lumenator or discover more about Green Space Dark Skies.


For all media enquiries, please contact:

Helen Palmer, Press and Communications Lead, Green Space Dark Skies

media@walktheplank.co.uk