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White Light shines at Chihuly Nights

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:15

Inspired by past visits to Kew Gardens and particularly the architecture of the Palm House, iconic artist Dale Chihuly has returned with new exhibition ‘Chihuly: Reflections on nature’ for 2019. 

In order to do justice to the exquisite pieces on display and enhance these for optimum viewing after dark, the lighting solution was of crucial importance. Having previously delivered a diverse range of interior and exterior projects at Kew Gardens, White Light (WL) was the supplier of choice for Chihuly Nights.

Using the stunning backdrop of Kew’s biodiverse grounds, the series of unique glass artworks includes pieces never-before showcased in the UK. Chihuly Nights sees these installations transformed for an immersive visitor experience, by night.

WL’s Project Manager Luke Hance worked closely with Chihuly Studio’s Lighting Designer Steven Cochran. Luke comments: “The vast sculptures are rigged in numerous indoor and outdoor sites around Kew Gardens and for some of these, a lack of nearby power sources posed a challenge at the outset. To resolve this, we developed a custom-made battery pack for the fixtures. Utilising our inventory of IP rated equipment and with onsite system testing, we were able to supply a technical solution to bring Steven’s vision to life.”

Nick Thompson, Senior Commercial Events Manager at Kew Gardens adds: “With WL’s knowledge of our site logistics and extensive experience of delivering production solutions for our other public events, they were the expert choice for this project. They worked in seamless collaboration with the Chihuly Studio and the lighting elements have really heightened the Chihuly Nights experience for our visitors.”

WL is the complete production solution specialist offering a range of technical services including lighting, audio, video, rigging & staging. Their expert team & unparalleled range of equipment can deliver and enhance any event; regardless of size or location.

WL is broadly approved as a supplier across the Unique Venues of London portfolio and are the in-house production service partner at Central Hall Westminster and Illuminate at the Science Museum.