A network of brightly-lit 6ft weather balloons spanning the breadth of Britain is the latest Cultural Olympiad spectacular to be staged in Tyne and Wear.
Called Connecting Light, the artwork is made up of 400 balloons stretching the length of Hadrian's Wall.
It runs for two nights, Friday August 31 and Saturday September 1.
The balloons are equipped with high-powered LEDs driven by radio devices which turn written messages into pulses of light.
The public are being encouraged to interact with the installation via a website.
Visitors are also welcomed at interactivity points along the Wall, in spots with the highest density of balloons. To find out more click here.
Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of the Hadrian's Wall Trust, said: "It is a really exciting opportunity to bring people together across the world."
The Cultural Olympiad is a 12-week UK-wide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012, involving British and international artists.
It has already brought the floating musical artwork ~Flow to the Gateshead Quayside, seen the Whitley Bay coast lit up with a gigantic laser rainbow, mixed classical musicians with DJs to create 'Noisetstra' at the Sage Gateshead and provided £1m funding for youth arts projects run by NE-Generation.
Alison Clark-Jenkins, Regional Director, Arts Council England said: "Connecting Light is another brave and exciting art commission for the north of England to be proud of.
"The project, as part of the London 2012 Festival, will make a showpiece out of one of the most iconic structures the United Kingdom has to offer, which is known all around the world.
Connecting Light is created by New York based digital arts collective YesYesNo with Zachary Lieberman.
Zachary Lieberman said: "The idea re-imagines the border not as something that divides but as something that connects.
"Any messages you write on the Connecting Light website will be transmitted along the wall for everyone to see."
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