‘Enchanted: Forest of Light’ by Lightswitch
What It Was
Tulips dance with light, ancient trees are awakened and the magic of nature comes alive at “Enchanted: Forest of Light.” Created by Lightswitch for Descanso Gardens, “Enchanted” is an original, sensory-stimulating, nighttime event that immerses guests in the beauty of this 150-acre botanical garden through light, sound and music. The mile-long walk guides guests through eight environments that illuminate some of the garden’s most beloved sites.
What We Did
After visiting our award-winning holiday show “Illumination” at The Morton Arboretum, Descanso Gardens asked Lightswitch to create and realize an entirely new seasonal experience designed to attract new members and give existing members a fresh take on old favorites. We worked closely with Descanso for more than a year to develop an experience that was tailor made to its unique geography and collection of flora.
“Enchanted” takes a different approach than traditional holiday light shows—expressive, artistic and abstract visual and media displays transport guests to a magical place that is both natural and otherworldly. The eight environments are designed to be progressively more interactive, moving from visually evocative, pixelmapped tulip lights at “Flower Power” to “Lightwave Lake,” where guests can manipulate the color, pattern and direction of spotlights across the water.
Why It Worked
“Enchanted” encourages guests to touch, move and engage with nature, forging an emotional connection with this special place. Its first season was a critical and popular success, drawing sold-out crowds and becoming a social media sensation. We are honored to be part of this new holiday tradition that captures the magical spirit of the season.
Photos © Jake Fabricius