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Lumiere: Durham's Festival of Light

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Art

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Durham Lumiere: A Wonderful Opportunity for our Children.


We are all incredibly excited that some of our children will be working alongside professional artists to create an art installation which will be displayed as part of Durham’s Lumiere Festival in November. It is an amazing opportunity for the children. However it cannot happen without your help. Our workshop will take place on Monday 21st October and we need to have collected between 150 and 200 empty bottles. The following information explains the type of bottles that we need to collect. Please send them into school as soon as possible. The bottles need to:

  • Have their labels removed
  • Have been washed out with hot water so that they are not sticky.

The following information explains the type of bottles that we need. The artists have not said whether we need to have the bottle tops, so please send the tops in with the bottles just in case.


Many thanks for your help.

Mrs Shaw (Head Teacher)

Mrs Oakes (Art and Design Leader)


Bottle Festoon – Lumiere Durham 2019

Bottle Festoon is a unique and eco-friendly artwork of glittering, icicle-like chandeliers made from clear or green plastic bottles. Each chandelier will be created by school children, community groups and families, using their plastic bottles from home.


The artists are working with community groups, from across County Durham, including Shotton Primary School, to create this installation which will be featured in the Lumiere Festival.



In the UK 38.5 million plastic bottles are used and discarded every day and only half are recycled. This means that more than 16 million bottles are put into landfill, burnt or discarded into our oceans and environment each and every day.

Bottle Festoon creates art out of our plastic waste and draws attention to what we all do with our plastic.

Bottle Festoon - Bottle guide

What works best – see example pictures below.

  • Green and clear, we can use other colours too!
  • 2 litre plastic bottles work best; however, 1 litre and 500ml bottles can be used too
  • Washed out – make sure nothing sticky is left inside! Just rinse out with hot water and leave to dry
  • Labels removed
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What doesn’t work – we don’t want these please!

Smaller fruit and smoothie bottles, milk cartons, hard plastic bottles, household cleaning, un-washed out bottles.


We have been asked by the artists to collect between 150 and 200 plastic bottles –  to create our chandeliers. So please encourage friends, families and colleagues to get involved and get collecting!