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More than 7,000 concrete dominoes tumble in 30-minute 1.6 mile toppling to mark opening of festival

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More than 7,000 concrete dominoes tumble in 30-minute 1.6 mile toppling to mark opening of festival

What a pushover! 7,000 concrete dominoes tumble in 30-minute 1.6 mile toppling to mark opening of historic festival

  • A 2.5km lines of stone dominoes was knocked over yesterday across Norwich
  • The installation marked the opening of a 250-year-old festival in Norfolk
  • The art consisted of more than 7,000 dominoes and is supposed to encourage viewers to look at cities differently

More than 7,000 dominoes were toppled around Norwich to celebrate the opening of a 250-year-old art festival.

The startling installation was the opening exhibition of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival on Friday – and featured the 8kg (17lb) stone dominoes which ran from Anglia Square to the Forum.

The work, by artist Julian Maynard Smith, was toppled and took half-an-hour to complete the route.

The route was 2.5km (1.6 miles) and is the latest version of the which that has been replicated in cities around the world since the first version in 2009 aimed to connect London’s boroughs.

The work, by artist Julian Maynard Smith, was toppled and took half-an-hour to complete the route

The dominoes ran throughout Norwich as an attempt to get people to see the city differently

The dominoes ran throughout Norwich as an attempt to get people to see the city differently

The route was 2.5km (1.6 miles) and is the latest version of the which that has been replicated in cities around the world

The installation was the opening of the 250-year-old Norwich and Norfolk Festival

One viewer remarked that: I think it was really good. The organisation really impressed me. How they got it across the whole city. I thought that was really good.'

One viewer remarked that: I think it was really good. The organisation really impressed me. How they got it across the whole city. I thought that was really good.’

Awestruck children said: ‘It was really cool. Thank you for a lovely thing.’

One viewer remarked that: I think it was really good. The organisation really impressed me. How they got it across the whole city. I thought that was really good.’

Mr Maynard Smith told the BBC: ‘It’s still the essential idea, to try and connect different communities and locations in places,’ he said.

‘We’re going through more of the quirkier places and trying to find a variety of spaces.’

Daniel Brine, artistic director at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, told the BBC that the work was chosen partly because it was a spectacle that both ‘disrupted the city’ and engaged its people.

‘I think this project is really exciting, somebody is daring to play with the city,’ he said.

‘It’s almost like a kid takes over the city, builds a line of dominoes and then has the joy of knocking them down.’

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