Following an extensive tender process, The Colour Project were appointed to design and implement a series of magical light trials around the grounds of English Heritage properties throughout the UK as part of the institution’s Enchanted series of events.
All told, The Colour Project designed and delivered interactive light trails to Eltham Palace in London, Audley End in Essex, Osborne House in the Isle of Wight, Walmer Castle in Dover and Witley Court in Worcestershire.
Each Enchanted trail was designed with the spirit and heritage of the location in mind. For example, Eltham Palace was anchored in the site’s medieval history whilst Osborne House took guests on a journey through the eyes of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s children and explored the innocence of youth.
Using light as a story-telling medium, The Colour Project developed a number of innovative elements along the trails to engage with audiences of all ages. Using 3D projection mapping technology, trees were brought to life and would talk to and interact with visitors along the route. Holographic fairies were enjoyed by all as guests journeyed deep into our magical settings and visitors themselves contributed to the narrative using their own imaginations to devise stories in our interactive shadow puppet theatres.
Over 120,000 bulbs and other light-sources combined with 20 kilometres of cabling were used during the event and a team of 50 staff from the Colour Project designed and installed each element. The key to the success of this colossal endeavour was to strike the perfect balance between enchanting illumination and historical heritage to ensure that each location was seen in a truly remarkable, new light.