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The medium of light acted as a generator for creative community engagement and public art in Shetland in the community-based project, Mirrie Dancers, co-conceived with Nayan Kulkarni. Our primary investigation concerned light as a dynamic and transformative medium for community engagement and public art. Over 300 people, aged 3 to 90 years, were involved in creating ten temporary illuminations throughout Shetland during winter 2009-10. Their contributions became part of the permanent external illumination at Mareel in 2012. The differences between the communities helped compare approaches between locations, identifying factors which affected ways participants engaged with their place differently, looked at their environment with a fresh eye and held a different view of their community.