An outdoor peace camp at Uig, Lewis, was abandoned this weekend because of adverse
The arts project was cancelled when a storm broke an unprecedented three month spell
of good weather in the Western Isles.
The 90 or so glowing tents was set up as a "symbolic call to peace." inspired by
the United Nations Olympic Truce, which calls on countries worldwide to lay down
their arms for the duration of the Games, the camp is an unique art project for the
London 2012 Festival.
It also aimed to celebrate the wonder of nature but high winds and the first heavy
rains to hit the islands for months resulted in the camp perched on the sand at Cliff
Beach being abandoned between Saturday and Monday half-way through its four-day timetable.
The sounds of the natural environment visitors were meant to experience were louder
than anticipated as roaring south westerly winds gusted up to 54 mph around the cluster
Organisers discussed their predicament with the authorities and concluded it was
too risky for people to be roaming over slippery, wet grass in the dark while being
buffeted high winds.
The event which was designed as a "symbolic call to peace" coincided with a bigger
range of high tides which resulted in waves and wet spray to flood higher up the
shore than normal.
The tents were taken down on Saturday and were not re-erected.
Helen Marriage, a spokesperson for the peace camp said: "We deeply regret we have
had to take this decision. As with every public event the first concern is for the
safety of the public.
She said a persistent storm affected the event since Saturday "so we have no option
but to cancel on grounds of safety."
The camp was one of eight in different coastal locations around the UK.
Before the bad weather hit in the Western Isles, their orange and yellow lights flickered
on at twilight resembling a sea of giant Chinese lanterns.
For two nights, between dusk and dawn, visitors mannered around listening to playbacks
of love poetry from each shelter and bonded with the quiet serene beauty of the surrounding