Wisley Light Trail Take Two

2 Written by Lisa on 14th Dec 2010 in Design Tips, Inspiration

On Sunday evening I decided to take another quick trip to Wisley so that I could see how the ice installation looked one week on.  Amazingly, the ice blocks were still standing, I guess because of the cold temperatures we’ve been having and, although the ice had changed slightly, the light was still shining through in quite a magical way…

It was great also to take another look at the light trail.  The coloured lights used really brought the trees to life, especially the mature specimens at the back of the Rock Garden.  Very frustratingly, I forgot to take the tripod with me so I’m afraid this is the best picture I have…

The picture I fear does not really capture the atmosphere of the display, but I hope it highlights how fabulous trees can look when lit, especially when they are stripped of their leaves.  Perhaps one of the most interesting things for me was that the trees at the back of the display (those that are blue in the above picture) looked really fabulous when they were lit with pink light, a colour that ordinarily I wouldn’t have considered for garden lighting.  The mixture of colours work here because they are at the heart of the display but there is no doubt in my mind that in a domestic garden setting it would just be too much!

From my point of view, visiting exhibitions like this really helps to get the creative juices flowing.  I always try to keep an open mind and consciously  take in what’s there.  Good or bad, I always come away with at least one thought about design and this alone makes it well worth the effort I made to go in the first place!

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2 Responses to “Wisley Light Trail Take Two”

  1. Hi,
    I’m glad you liked it!
    i was the lighting designer for the Light Trail at Wisley this year. I always appreciate hearing people’s views


  2. Lisa Cox says:

    Was magical, Neil, especially the night I visited in the snow….really brought back some childhood memories!

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