Glastonbury: The 40ft ‘Burning Lotus’ sculpture will be set on fire on Sunday evening


Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis has revealed plans for a 40ft Burning Lotus to feature in the park area during this month’s festival. It is designed by Joe Rush and his team, whose masses of previous work at Glastonbury include Glastonbury-on-Sea Victorian Pier and Cinerarmageddon, as well as The Skull Bus in 1985.

Constructed from reclaimed wood and canvas, festival-goers will be encouraged to write down memories, thoughts or images of things they would like to let go and stuff them into the giant lotus flower. It will then be ignited in a ‘memorial burn’ at midnight on Sunday evening.

Emily Eavis said: “The Burning Lotus was created by @joerushlondon and his team. It is a 40-foot tall sculpture of a lotus flower, constructed with wood and canvas salvaged from the park.

“During the festival, people will be encouraged to write memories and pictures of people or situations they wish to leave behind, these may be people who died during lockdown who were not properly said goodbye, it It may be failed business projects, it may even be failed marriages, but the fact is that all of these things will be focused on and then placed inside the Lotus.

“At midnight on the Sunday of the festival the Lotus will be lit and as the flames roar all the geared hell will come to a screeching halt and with that we can let go and get some closure. A cathartic moment and one that a lot of between us need.

Michael Eavis at Glastonbury-on-sea in 2019

Despite Glastonbury 2022 being fully lined up with set times revealed early last week, posters for specific stages and attractions continued to be shared on social media and on the Glastonbury website. The Pilton Palais cinema tent and Shangri-La’s Scene of Truth both had posters revealed today alongside San Remo poster. A line-up poster for the Strummerville stage was also revealed a day earlier.

Also last week, the BBC unveiled its coverage plans for this month’s Glastonbury Festival, which includes streaming from the Pyramid Stage in UHD (or 4K) for the first time.

Their coverage will include over 35 hours on BBC One, Two, Three and Four and over 40 hours on iPlayer, in addition to live streams from the five biggest stages. Over 60 hours of coverage are also planned for their radio stations and the BBC Sounds app.

Billed as a celebration of Glastonbury, BBC coverage will begin earlier than in previous years with two special programmes. BBC Two will show’Glastonbury: 50+‘ and BBC One ‘Stormzy: On the way to the pyramid scene’ with both also available on iPlayer.

Stella McCartney Glastonbury Vest

Last week, Glastonbury unveiled a limited edition recycled waistcoat designed by Stella McCartney, available now on the Glastonbury website with all proceeds going to War Child’s emergency fund, which helps children in Ukraine and other conflicts.

A charity vest resold at Glastonbury 2007, also designed by Stella McCartney, has since become a rare collector’s item. Then, during a recent warehouse audit, a stash of unsold vests was discovered.

Glastonbury organizers said: “Staying true to Stella McCartney’s ethos and principles of reducing our impact on the planet, the original vests have now been upcycled and repurposed with a new mushroom illustration celebrating mushrooms as the future. fashion and our planet.”

Also in support of the War Child emergency fund, Glastonbury organizers recently unveiled a limited edition poster. It features Stanley Donwood’s 2022 festival artwork reworked with the colors of the Ukrainian flag and will be produced on-site using the festival’s Heidelberg cylinder printing press.

They are now available to purchase from Glastonbury’s online shop for £25 with the sale limited to 2,022 prints, each of which will be numbered.

Paul McCartney will be 80 by the time Glastonbury arrives, making him Pyramid Stage’s oldest headliner. He is due to play Saturday night, the day after the Billie Eilish headlines. Aged 20 at the time, she will be Pyramid’s youngest headliner.

The main poster of the line-up was revealed in March with region-specific posters followed throughout the months of April and May. The full lineup, including set times, was announced at 11 a.m. this morning.

All tickets for Glastonbury 2022 are now sold out. Resales of returned tickets took place towards the end of March, which sold out in minutes. Your last chance to enter could be to win tickets, so check out our frequently updated page list of Glastonbury competitions.

Glastonbury 2022 will take place from Wednesday June 22 to Sunday June 26 at Worthy Farm near Pilton, Somerset.

Glastonbury Free Press Pyramid Stage
Sunday at Glastonbury 2019

Picture credits:
The Park: Anna Barclay
Lotus Flower: Instagram by Emily Eavis / Sketch by Joe Rush
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