For the next six weeks Kings Park and Botanic Gardens in Perth will present an after-dark journey of light, colour and sound. Deryn Thorpe experienced the magic.
HMAA members from WA were invited to preview of Lightscape, which opened runs until July 30. Participants walk a 1.8km trail through the gardens where the trees, bridges and lawns are festooned with lights 430,000 and floral sculptures.
The display includes 100,000 tiny, twinkling illuminations in the ‘Winter Cathedral’, an avenue of fluffy illuminated gum blossoms, glowing birds, dangling poppies with shards of neon lights illuminating native trees and foliage.
Art installations are not just to entertain. They shine a light on the importance of conservation and culture and native flora seeds.
The event is a partnership between Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and Sony, with support from the City of Perth.
The display was developed for botanic gardens 10 years ago at England’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and recently illuminated Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
Tickets can be booked through Ticketek and start at $40. For more information see Kings Park’s website.