MORE than 2,000 people flocked to Coventry’s Daimler Powerhouse over the bank holiday weekend after the building underwent a £2.5million revamp.
A free event, The Brightest Moon – building tours and marvellous machines, was presented by Imagineer from Saturday to Monday.
The Brightest Moon by Midlands artist Jean Baynham is a new large-scale interactive art commission which reflects the historical significance of Daimler on the night of The Coventry Blitz, and looks forward to its future as a Creation Centre.
Other activities included music, dance, drumming and theatre performances, The Nest art project by Talking Birds and a ‘Walk With Me’ sound stroll along the canal towpath.
Visitors could find out about the site’s history with the interactive 1932 Lanchester car – the first model to be designed and built at Daimler Works and watched the premiere of Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre’s new short film.
Highly Sprung’s CastAway stunning outdoor performance featured their unique gyroscopic flying machine and illustrated the impact waterways had on society can be explored at the Canal Basin.
Jane Hytch, Imagineer chief executive, hailed the event a great success.
“We’ve had a brilliant time and it has been wonderful to welcome people to the Daimler Powerhouse, we’ve been thrilled to bring people back to this part of the city.
“I’m so proud of what the whole team has achieved with events, performances and installations celebrating Daimler’s history and looking toward our future.
“There is no stopping Imagineer and all the resident companies now, we look forward to people coming to talk to us, bringing new ideas which we can work collaboratively to make happen, supporting the growth of the whole outdoor arts sector.”