Animation, Automated, Heritage, Literature, Projection Mapping


Once upon a time there was a talking storybook called Codex. This outdoor projection installation made a stunning centrepiece for celebrations wherever there was a local or well-known story to be told….

KEY Info

  • Giant 6m talking story book
  • Animated images, pages turn
  • Stories are read out to audience
  • Can be customised to reflect any project/theme
  • Outdoor or indoor installation
  • Smaller (Notepad) version often more suitable for indoor use

See Codex Films for ideas about content…


“A huge thank you for all your support and assistance with the event – you were fabulous to work with and the piece was amazing. We want to do more!”

Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive of Harrogate International Festivals

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First developed with Arts Council support for the Blinc digital arts festival in Conwy. Later improved and has toured widely telling many bespoke stories, see some of them here >


This giant digital book glows against the night sky, using words and pictures to dazzle the audience with the ancient tradition of story-telling. Onlookers are entranced to hear the words of the story being read out as they write themselves across the page.

Promoters Area


Technical Requirements

Darkness: Best with no direct lighting, 12k lumen projector

Power: 2 x 16 Amp sockets

Footprint: 6m wide, 3.5m tall, 1.5 – 3m deep.

Crew: self-contained crew c. 4 hours get-in, 2 hours de-rig

Access: small van with nearby parking

Flexible: Few burdens on promotor, continuous operation


Example bookings

  • Dark Stories: Harrogate Literature Festival
  • The Weavers of Woolwich: GDIF
  • Hidden Depths: Canal and Rivers Trust
  • Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens : Brilliant Vauxhall
  • Harry Potter: British Library
  • The Night Before Christmas: Durham
  • Illuminate York
  • Blinc Digital Arts Festival: Conwy

Please download our full technical requirements with:

  • Site plan
  • Dimensions
  • Additional info


This piece offers audiences a shared experience with space for many household groups to maintain good social distancing. There is no direct interaction or requirement for audiences to touch anything.

People are less likely to inhale infectious particles outdoors however transmission is still possible and so maintaining social distancing and face coverings are still advised.

Depending on the nature of the event audience numbers may need to be controlled. However as the content is looped over an extended period we lessen surges in numbers and consequent pinch points.


Creative Team

Chris Squire: Concept, direction and delivery

Nick Sparks: Coding

Bryan Tweddle: Design and construction

Ian Broscombe: Construction

Debbie Cunliffe: Fabric sewing

Charlott Diefenthal: Additional sewing

Supported by

The National Lottery through Arts Council England Grants for the Arts