A total of 730 people have booked slots to keep a watch over Hull from the top an eight-storey landmark in the city centre.
The Freedom Festival’s Hull Vigil project will be the first of its kind in the UK.
From May 3, one person will occupy a specially-made pod on the roof of the Hull College building at each sunrise and sunset in what is being billed as a “365-day silent performance”.
They can choose to do what they want during their hour-long stay but will not be allowed to carry a mobile phone, a camera or any type of recording device.
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A total of 730 slots were made available via a new dedicated project website thehullvigil.co.uk. All have now been taken.
The festival’s artistic director Mickey Martins said: “The Hull Vigil is an amazing artistic project which connects with and is delivered by the community.
“It will be built by Hull building firms for the people of Hull with a narrative that will develop throughout the year.
“While each person stands alone, together they form a human chain of community, humanity and resilience.
“The Hull Vigil is the perfect opportunity for us to spend some time to take stock of who and where we are and hope for a more positive future.”
“Each person will step inside the structure, without their phone or camera, to watch over the city for an hour at sunrise and sunset, looking out across the Humber to the east, the urban spread to the north and out across the suburbs and countryside to the west..”
Created by Australian-Belgian choreographer Joanne Leighton, similar Vigils have been running continuously in France, Germany, Holland and Austria for the last eight years.
It had been planned to start the Hull Vigil this month but the latest coronavirus lockdown delayed the construction of the pod as well as the recruitment of volunteers who will greet each person arriving for their slot at the college.
The wood and glass shleter is being built by Hull construction consortiuum Esteem.
The group’s executive director Richard King said: “The Hull Vigil is a really unique and exciting project for the city and one we were keen to get involved in.
“By offering our expertise and supporting the Freedom team in getting this project off the ground, we are proud to be playing a part in bringing this international performance to the city at a time when people need a boost and something to look forward to.
“I would also like to thank our partners and local contractors who have got behind the project by donating materials, equipment and time to construct the shelter and erect it on site.
“I can’t wait to see it finished and hear about the experiences of people who take part.”
Anyone over 18-years-old can take part. There is now a waiting list in case slots come available.