Brooklyn Botanic Garden is aglow in illuminated ‘Lightscape’ show

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is aglow in illuminated ‘Lightscape’ show

In the words of the holiday season’s brightest star, Mariah Carey: “Oh, all the lights are shining / So brightly everywhere (So brightly, baby).” One such display of glittering glow can be found at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where (according to the institution) upwards of a million lights dot the venue’s vast landscape through Jan. 9, 2022.

Described as an “illuminated spectacular that celebrates the beauty of winter,” the Garden’s “Lightscape” installation presents a roster of 18 light-art works that include pieces created by local and international artists. Here, animated lights blanket the Cherry Esplanade in ITHACA’s “Sea of Light”; a 98-foot-long “Winter Cathedral” by Mandylights guides guests through a tunnel of warm LEDs; sculptural flowers burst from the ground in TILT’s “White Peonies”; and the words of author and poet Jacqueline Woodson radiate through the Garden in “Remember the Light Inside You,” with site-specific design by Shakeim Reed.

"Sea of Light" by ITHACA. Photo by Liz Ligon.
“Sea of Light” by ITHACA. Photo by Liz Ligon.
"White Peonies" by TILT. Photo by Liz Ligon.
“White Peonies” by TILT. Photo by Liz Ligon.

Among the picture-worthy displays and illuminated trees, visitors will also find themselves wrapped in a “curated soundtrack representing the diversity of Brooklyn’s religious and ethnic winter cultural traditions,” noted the Garden in a press release.

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All told, the exhibition boasts two lasers, 42 sculptures, 600 strands of lights and much more along the one-mile-long path. And if you’re wondering just how long it took to string these lights, “Lightscape” required 20 people over the course of 18 days to install the immersive works. A spokesperson from the Garden told ALL ARTS that they anticipate over 100,000 guests to visit the illuminated trail during its run, which started on Nov. 19.

"Remember the Light Inside You" by Jacqueline Woodson. Photo by Michael Stewart.
“Remember the Light Inside You” by Jacqueline Woodson. Photo by Michael Stewart.

Though this year marks the first iteration of the display for Brooklyn Botanic Garden, “Lightscape” stretches back to 2014, when the show was first presented at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew by Raymond Gubbay (since acquired by Sony Music), with creative production by Culture Creative. In 2019, the illuminated spectacular made its United States debut at the Chicago Botanic Garden and is now installed across five locations in the United States, including Los Angeles, San Antonio, Houston, Chicago and New York City.

Check out pictures from “Lightscape” below. More information about the show can be found on the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website.

Illuminated trees. Copyright Sony Music.
Illuminated trees. Copyright Sony Music.
"Pathways" by Challenge Your Imagination. Copyright Sony Music.
“Pathways” by Challenge Your Imagination. Copyright Sony Music.
"Pampas" by TILT. Photo by Liz Ligon.
“Pampas” by TILT. Photo by Liz Ligon.
"Laser Pond" by Fog-Man. Copyright Sony Music.
“Laser Pond” by Fog-Man. Copyright Sony Music.
“Winter Cathedral.” Photo by Liz Ligon.
"Poleen" by Pitaya. Photo by Liz Ligon.
“Poleen” by Pitaya. Photo by Liz Ligon.
"Wish Tree" by Pitaya. Copyright Sony Music.
“Wish Tree” by Pitaya. Copyright Sony Music.
"One World" by Christopher Wren. Copyright Sony Music.
“One World” by Christopher Wren. Copyright Sony Music.
"Wisp" by Pitaya. Photo by Liz Ligon.
“Wisp” by Pitaya. Photo by Liz Ligon.
"Flynn" by Pitaya. Photo by Liz Ligon.
“Flynn” by Pitaya. Photo by Liz Ligon.
"A Theorem: Remembered" by Jacob M Fisher. Photo by Liz Ligon.
“A Theorem: Remembered” by Jacob M Fisher. Photo by Liz Ligon.