NY9170 : 'Cavalry 360°' at Chesters Roman Fort

taken 11 months ago, near to Walwick, Northumberland, Great Britain

'Cavalry 360°' at Chesters Roman Fort
'Cavalry 360°' at Chesters Roman Fort
'Cavalry 360°' is a large artwork, 12m across and 3.5m high, described as a vast musical instrument that converts wind flow into the sound of horses' hooves. When the wind blows it creates a constantly changing soundscape invoking the 500-strong cavalry troop that once occupied the site. 32 wind turbines with three cups to catch the wind are arranged in 16 pairs to reflect the 16 barrack blocks at the fort. Each pair of turbines drives 30 beaters to represent a turma or unit of 30 men and horses NY9170 : 'Cavalry 360°' at Chesters Roman Fort. The installation was designed by the Margate design practice, NEON LinkExternal link and fabricated by a company called Caesarcraft from Gloucester.

“When the wind blows slightly it sounds like trotting horses, and as it picks up it begins to sound like galloping which, as you look out over the landscape, you can get a sense of what it was like when the cavalry used to live here.”

The installation was commissioned as part of Hadrian’s Cavalry, a summer exhibition taking place across 10 sites along Hadrian’s Wall until September 10th 2017 LinkExternal link
Hexham Courant, 27th July 2017: LinkExternal link
ChronicleLive: LinkExternal link
Chesters Roman Fort (Cilurnum)
Cilurnum (or Cilurvum), the Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall at Chesters marks the point where the Wall crossed the River North Tyne, the first major obstacle on its route from east to west. A succession of finely engineered timber bridges with stone piers spanned the river here, and the Wall itself was continued right down to the water's edge.

The fort was built just after the wall was completed in AD 123. The site guarded a bridge carrying the military road behind the wall across the River North Tyne. It is considered to be the best preserved Roman cavalry fort along Hadrian's Wall.

Today the site is under the care of English Heritage and is open to the public. There is a museum on the site, which houses Roman artefacts found at the fort and elsewhere along the wall.

LinkExternal link English Heritage, Chesters Roman Fort
LinkExternal link Hadrian’s Wall Country, Inspiring Landscapes
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Tuesday, 8 August, 2017   (more nearby)
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