Digital Arts & Creative Technology

108 Steps a wistful & atmospheric projection installation

Hosted by Matthew Rosier

The 108 Steps, a winding stairway between the station and the town, are a beloved local landmark for Maxonian’s.

Over these three nights in October, passersby can see the Steps brought to life by artist Matthew Rosier who has captured ‘a week in the life’ on film, to create a wistful and atmospheric projection -mapped installation.

Matthew Rosier, Artist, says:
“I wanted to create a work that offered a glimpse into the contemporary identity of Macclesfield residents through the lens of a historic piece of infrastructure, the 108 Steps. The creation of the work relied on meeting people locally, both through the process of filming the steps and the research trips beforehand. It’s exciting that many of these people will now feature in the performance of the work!”

Earlier this year, Matthew visited Macclesfield to capture the daily life of the town’s iconic steps. Filmed footage of local runners, commuters, dog walkers – and everyone in between – has been composed into a loop of memories, which will be projected onto the face of the steps (and people using them). The work creates interplay between past and present, bringing to life the Steps’ historic connection to people and place.

The best viewing point is from the bottom looking back up to the steps.

The installation runs from 5pm-11pm on Friday 26 & Saturday 27 October, and 4.30pm-9pm on Sunday 28 October.

Join artist Matthew Rosier for this magical projection installation at 108 Steps in Macclesfield, commissioned by SHIFT with Future Everything and Barnaby Festival.

Funded by Arts Council England and Cheshire East Council.


Claire Tymon, Senior Creative Producer, FutureEverything, says:

“We’re proud to support FAULT LINES artist Matthew Rosier with his new work 108 Steps. Newly commissioned by SHIFT, Cheshire East, 108 Steps is a beautifully ambient piece that creates a connection between past and present. The work re-imagines our everyday experience of a place in a creative and delightful way, as in much of Matthew’s practice.”


Friday 26 October

Saturday 27 October

6pm – 11pm

Sunday 28 October

4.30 – 9pm