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Elation illuminates NightGarden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
This past holiday season, south Floridians had the chance to experience NightGarden, a new enchanted walk-through experience at Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, illuminated by lighting designer Chris Werner. Produced by Kilburn Live under the creative direction of Max Painter, the attraction featured talking trees, fairies, and 10-foot tall dandelions.
Responsible for lighting design, specification and programming for all of the exterior spaces within NightGarden, Werner created a variety of visuals by using light, color and movement that supported the story line.
With a tropical environment to contend with, IP65-rated luminaires were a must. Werner specified multi-environmental Elation Proteus Hybrid moving heads and WW Profile IP ellipsoidals for the project as part of a larger lighting package supplied by 4Wall.
The Proteus fixtures operated in two main areas of the attraction. At the entrance, Proteus beams were used to project aerial patterns across a reflective lake, as well as onto the tree canopy. Farther into the attraction, in an immersive area called Dance of Lights, the fixtures were incorporated into 12 two-minute time-coded light and music shows. Scattered about the area, the Proteus lights fulfilled a number of duties from illuminating trees and the canopy to projecting beams of light through haze.
Populating several areas of the attraction with gobo breakups or custom gobos of whimsical forest characters were WW Profile IP warm-white ellipsoidal spots. The 130 W ellipsoidals with framing shutters also served other purposes, for example lighting the tree canopy and illuminating the pathway. NightGarden’s inaugural season ran from November 23 until January 11.
(Photos: Sharon Sipple)
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