A fantastical night-time takeover of Tintern Abbey by three gigantic, luminous humanoids will be a highlight of this year’s River Festival. These travellers from an alien world have just landed in Tintern and are quietly and gently discovering our ‘fantastic planet’. Inspired by a vision of a far flung future, the piece has been created by Australian artist Amanda Parer, who draws on the plot of Fantastic Planet, a 1973 science fiction film set in a world of gargantuan humanoids, where humans are a feral race. As Comfort, Peeping Corner and What’s That occupy the Abbey’s ruins it’s hard not to question our own size – and our outsized impact on the natural world.
It’s a view shared by naturalist and television presenter David Attenborough, who feels that humans are threatening their own existence and that of other species by using up the world’s resources. “We are a plague on the Earth. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our growth or the natural world will do it for us”.
Amanda Parer began her art career as a painter and sculptor in Sydney but now resides in Tasmania with her family, where she focused her practice on creating and presenting public art installations around the globe. Her artwork aims to explore the natural world, its fragility and the role of humanity within it.
You can also view Planet Fantastic during the afternoon as part of a regular Cadw entrance ticket to Tintern Abbey.
Areas of the site are accessible to people with limited mobility. There are accessible toilets on site.