The Graz Vigil

© La Strada Graz / Nikola Milatovic

As part of the community art project The Graz Vigil, created by Australian-Belgian artist Joanne Leighton, 732 people from Graz will take it in turns to keep a vigil over the city every day of the year 2020, from 1 January to 31 December. Each Vigil will watch over the city from the Schlossberg for an hour either at sunrise or sunset as part of this city-wide choreography.

Spending an hour in this temporary installation above the roofs of Graz provides participants with the opportunity to discover the city from a different perspective, to step outside of their daily routine, and to allow themselves to experience their surroundings in a new way. But is it the Vigil watching the performance of the city or are the people in the city watching the performance of the Vigil?