BLOG: Discovery Green ® welcomes two new art installations
At Discovery Green we’re proud to bring two magical installations, Enchanted Promenade by TILT and Firmament by Christopher Schardt, that add light and color to the shortest days of the years for family and friends to create ever lasting memories.
These installations mark the third year of artwork selected by the Conservancy’s Public Art Committee, chaired by Judy Nyquist and comprised of community experts dedicated to bringing original and inspiring art to Discovery Green. Past art installations include Los Trompos, and Bruce Munro’s Field of Light.
Enchanted Promenade, consists of ten out-of-this-world peonies that come to life through color-changing LED lighting along the Brown Promenade. Once the sun sets, the stamens grow brighter with a blazing red light that emanates through its petals and scatters warm light throughout. Francois Fouilhe with TILT hopes to bring an installation that allows visitors to step into spring and re-discover the Brown Promenade they oftentimes visit.
“I hope [visitors] will have fun and enjoy the scenography. Maybe it will conduct to meetings between people under the magic of the site. I'll be happy if people are amazed by this unusual flowers that have grown in their park. I hope they will have a great time around, envoy the colors, the changing of lights and rest on the benches for lunch or meet their friends or family.” Francois Fouilhe with TILT says.
Enchanted Promenade’s ten large-scale peonies are manufactured in TILT’s warehouse in France and made up of recycled materials such as wood, aluminum and metal.
The second installation being debuted is Firmament, a 52-foot wide, canopy of 21,600 LED lights, suspended from a 42-foot high aluminum tower. The tower is elevated on six legs forming huge equilateral triangles with the ground. At its pinnacle, a 21” diameter LED ball serves as a beacon and will be visible from long distances.
Last year, Firmament was showcased in Burning Man where visitors called it “Permanent” since many were reluctant to leave! “I was surprised and moved by just how much people loved it and felt at home under it... I was charmed when people started assembling to lie underneath it the moment I turned it on, with still plenty of twilight”, says Christopher Schardt.
Visitors are encouraged to gather under the LED canopy as the lights showcase delightful artistic images with changing musical elements that engages the visitors’ senses.
Both installations will make their debut during Discovery Green’s winter annual celebration Frostival.
For more information about Frostival click here