The Magical Apothecary Garden
The Magical Apothecary Garden light installation was created using a network of hidden sensors, triggered by interaction with audience members and performers.
As audiences entered they encountered a large tree dressed with hundreds of LED lights and jars of magical ingredients within its branches. In front, were three apothecary cabinets with apparatus and books where the performers mixed the ingredients together to make magical medicines. Using a series of hidden RFID sensors within the tables, the performers were able to trigger various light circuits within the tree to make individual branches light up, creating spectacular patterns and making the tree appear alive.
To the right lay a collection of smaller, twisted trees in a den area where the secrets of the park were grown. Audiences were asked to speak their secrets into special jars that would allow them to grow and then feed them to the shrubs in this area. Occasionally a secret would be let loose and the area would be lit with UV light revealling a new secret layer of colours within the plants and apothecaries’ clothing.
Towards the rear of the garden lay three large ancient trees - a fire triangle - bubbling and brewing all the passion of the park like a volcano. Filled with smoke machines and red amber lights, it contained a hidden microphone so that when audiences sang to the trees, the lights and smoke dimmed making the triangle appear to calm down.