The event took place on the 15th of April 2009 at 8.30 pm.
It is part of a collaboration between Katherine Payne and Lucy Crouch.
It took place at Stoodley Pike, a monument on Langfield Common in Calderdale.
After considerable research into the site we discovered an interesting history. A visit to the British Library to discover the earliest possible records of the site led us to find signs of a beacon on the map from 1772, recorded as studley pike. The site was part of beacon chain which was used to warn of the impending invasion of the Spanish Armada in Elizabethan times. The rich history of the obelisk is often forgotten despite this inscription on the monument itself:
STOODLEY PIKE, A BEACON MONUMENT, ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION, COMMENCED IN 1814 TO COMMEMORATE, THE SURRENDER OF PARIS TO THE ALLIES AND FINISHED AFTER THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO WHEN PEACE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1815.
BY A STRANGE COINCIDENCE THE PIKE FELL ON THE DAY THE RUSSIA AMBASSADOR LEFT LONDON BEFORE THE DECLARATION OF WAR WITH RUSSIA IN 1854.WAS REBUILT WHEN PEACE WAS RESTORED IN 1856
What we found interesting about the monument was the way it fell, acting as a protest that the peace it had been built to celebrate was over. There seemed to be a lot about peace associated with the place, but also about memory and forgetting. It contains links to many forgotten wars; when we looked it up there were huge amounts of deaths associated with these wars and we don’t remember these people anymore. The Remembrance Day we have in Britain commemorates all those who died in conflict from the First World War onwards. We wanted to commemorate the forgotten history of the place, and those who died in the wars it is associated with.
We encourage people to look again, re-using this site as a site for communication and re-affirming it’s commemorative function. As the sun set on the chosen day the event happened. Linking to the Pike’s use as a beacon we transmitted a text from the Pike using light through Morse code.
‘Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, and your memories of the times we loved,
the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed.
For if you always think of me, I will have never gone’
‘Calling all, This is our last cry before our eternal silence.’
The last morse code message sent by the French Navy in 1997.
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