If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise
Fairy-tales are full of enchanted forests and now you can experience one in real-life with an illuminated night walk through a Canadian park. The 2km trail incorporates multimedia technology to bring the myths and legends of the wood to life, making the experience seem magical.
Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook in Quebec commissioned Moment Factory, a Montréal-based new media and entertainment studio, to create an immersive nocturnal journey through the forest. The park welcomes 100,000 visitors per year and wanted to attract a more diverse range of evening visitors.
Marie Belzil, multimedia director at Moment Factory, explains:
I hope Foresta Lumina will create new memories. We want visitors to reconnect with nature and also with the stories they were told when they were young. We want them to feel like they are entering a story or a fairy-tale and that this imaginary world is coming alive in front of their eyes.
Before beginning their journey through Foresta Lumina, visitors are given a map which outlines the 2km Garden of Wishes trail. This route, which includes the longest suspended footbridge in North America, includes areas such as Land of Shadows and Forest of Illusions.
During the walk, visitors come face-to-face with the myths and legends of the forest, Canada and beyond. They will encounter Faeries, who are said to grant wishes and the Spirit of the Forest, a mysterious force which ancient people called on for protection. Visitors are invited to make a wish upon a magical stone and toss it into the water at the Enchanted Shore and to cross the Gate, a portal that separates reality from the realm of the imagination.
Moment Factory created this fantastical experience with scenography which combines lighting and projections, video mapping and an original soundtrack.
The press release states:
Moment Factory created custom elements for each of the trail’s zones: perforated, backlit metal panels inscribed with descriptions of the main characters, small lighting units designed to suggest the presence of fairies in the forest, a transparent screen used for a subtle projection in a clearing, video mapping that brings a dead tree back to life…
Encouraged by the moonlight, the ethereal music and the projections that make flickering spirits appear among the trees, visitors suspend their disbelief and enter a world in which anything can happen:
The forest and its spaces, topography, detours and mysteries became the canvas for the experience. By adapting their work to the environment in the most natural way possible, and by concealing the technical apparatus, the creative team worked to ensure that visitors would see and hear nothing but magic.
Foresta Lumina combines cutting edge technology with the great outdoors, creating a more immersive and interactive experience than anything you could experience on-screen. It’s an inspired way to showcase the beauty of the setting, take people on an adventure and cast the forest in a new light.