Flight of Light art installation at St Mags

Joseph Bulmer

St Mags Church in Union Street, Torquay, is now home to a superb art installation featuring more than 2,000 butterflies suspended from the ceiling.
The display is the culmination of work from local school children, care home residents and community organisations, celebrating the heritage of the Church.  
“Reverend Sam Leach went up the tower at St Mags last summer as part of the Inspire Project, working with the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and this art installation is another community initiative to enrich local life,” said organiser Jo Leach.
“It is our last event in this phase of the project and Flight of Light specifically pays tribute to a beautiful stained glass rose window at St Mags, which was gifted to the Church by a man called William Wales in 1846.
“We’ve had around a thousand school children from the local area, including Ellacombe School, Ilsham, Warberry and Upton St James, who have all made butterflies based on the shape of the window.
“The project has also included local care homes, residential centres for adults with learning difficulties and community groups like Ladies Lounge, with around people helping to make the butterflies, which totals over 2,000.
“The butterflies are flying down from the Church ceiling and it took us a week to put it up. We had around 400 people visit last Saturday.”
When Reverend Leach climbed the Church Tower last summer for charity, it was a particularly impressive achievement for someone who has a fear of heights but his contribution this time was based more at ground level.
“Sam was in a cherry picker and enjoyed driving that a lot more than hanging the butterflies,” added Jo. “Every single butterfly needed a wire and silver clip, so we’ve had a big team of amazing volunteers from St Mags Church and the Torquay branch of the Christian Creative Network.  
“Sam, however, was a lot happier driving the cherry picker.”
Visitors are welcome to view the Flight of Light on Thursday and Friday of this week from 1pm – 4pm.