The memorial lotus flower sculpture will be constructed with salvaged wood and canvas in The Park
Glastonbury organiser, Emily Eavis, has announced that this year’s Festival will feature a “Burning Lotus” sculpture.
In a message posted to her official Instagram account earlier today (Friday, 3rd June), Eavis invites all Glasto-goers on the Sunday of the Festival “for a memorial burn”.
As seen in the illustration below, the Burning Lotus, created by Joe Rush and his team, is a 40ft high sculpture of a Lotus flower, constructed with salvaged wood and canvas in The Park.
In a statement about the project, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said: “Join us on Sunday in The Park for a memorial burn. The Burning Lotus has been created byJoe Rush and his team. It’s a 40ft high sculpture of a Lotus flower, constructed with salvaged wood and canvas in The Park”.
She added: “During the festival, people will be encouraged to write down memories and images of people or situations that they wish to let go of, it may be people who died in the lockdown who were not properly said goodbye to, it may be failed business projects, may even be failed marriages, but the point is that all of these things will be focused on and then placed inside the Lotus.
“At midnight on Sunday of the festival the Lotus will be ignited and while the flames roar up, the whole gear-driven inferno will be burnt to nothing and with this we will be able to let go and get some closure. A cathartic moment and one that many of us need.”
Anyone who’s been to Glastonbury since the early ’80s has more than likely been exposed to Rush’s outstanding artwork at some point or another – from 1985’s Skull Bus and 2003’s Joe Strummer Memorial Tree to 2015’s Peace Time Flies, 2017’s Cineramageddon, and most recently Glastonbury-on-Sea in 2019 – Rush has been there every step of the way.
Cineramageddon announced its individual line-up poster two days ago on the 25th of May, while West Holts revealed its lineup poster on the 24th of May – and Unfairground theirs on the 20th of May, just one day after The Park area which came on the 19th of May.
The Kidzfield revelation came on the 16th of May, just three days after Croissant Neuf‘s on the 13th, and followed announcements from Acoustic Stage and The Glade – on the 12th and the 11th of the month, respectively.
Late-night areas The Common and – Shangri-La also released their line-ups, on the 6th and the 4th of May, respectively. In addition to the Left Field line-up that was revealed on Tuesday morning, the 3rd of May.
Other key stories from last month’s string of announcements included confirmation that Arcadia’s iconic fire-breathing Spider will be returning to the Festival in 2022 – following planning issues with the Pangea crane, which had replaced the Spider in 2019 but will not be featured at this year’s event.
And finally, Field of Avalon was the first area to announce its dedicated line-up poster for 2022 on Tuesday, the 12th of April.
2022 will be the first year to see Glastonbury take place since 2019, after two consecutive cancellations due to the coronavirus crisis – both in 2020 and 2021.
Meanwhile, the first main line-up announcement poster revelation, shown below, dropped in March of this year.
As seen in the poster above, Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar will be joining previously announced headliner Billie Eilish to top the bill at this year’s event.
Eilish will be playing the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night – and by doing so make history as the youngest ever solo artist to headline the Festival at only 20-years-old.
Another historic moment will occur when Sir Paul McCartney takes to the Pyramid Stage on the Saturday night – which will subsequently make him the oldest Glastonbury headliner at 80-years-old.
Diana Ross will likewise be performing on the Pyramid Stage for the Sunday Teatime Legends Slot, while Lamar will be headlining the same stage later that evening.
Another exciting announcement of sorts which was revealed earlier this month included the new Glastonbury 2022 map, which featured lots of interesting changes and improvements to the site grounds ahead of the Festival this June.
Speaking of the new map, we also have a newly renovated and updated comprehensive Glasto Camping Guide which you can view here.
Glastonbury 2022 is set to take place at its natural home in Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June.
Although tickets for the 2022 Festival have now completely sold out, there are still ways to go to Glasto this summer, with one of those ways being entering competitions.
To view our consolidated list of all the currently running competitions for the chance of winning tickets to this year’s Glastonbury Festival, click here.
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