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In September 2011, Joanne Leighton launched her large scale monumental work, The Vigil, a work for 730 inhabitants and performed over 365 consecutive days. Joanne Leighton asks this question : is it the Vigil watching the performance of the city or is the person in the city watching the performance of the Vigil ? A Vigil, or Watcher, is a person who holds a presence, standing – a figure which has become significant today - someone who takes responsibility for watching over their city. 730 people participate to contribute to a collective Vigil that takes place across an entire year. The Vigil is a form of long, silent and peaceful resistance. Everyone involved chooses their own date and time, participating for their own reasons.