To mark the end of the 300th anniversary of landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in 2016, Compton Verney is bringing his legacy to life through a light ‘spectacular’ this autumn.
Using stunning and ground-breaking technology, this new interactive light commission entitled IN LIGHT: Illuminating Capability Brown’s Landscape, has been created by light artist Creatmosphere and is unique to Compton Verney.
There are three elements to IN LIGHT: Illuminating Capability Brown’s Landscape project, launching on 29 October, and then runs 4 days per week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) until Sunday 13 November.
The first of these elements sees Compton Verney’s 18th Century mansion, recently restored ‘Capability’ Brown Chapel and the Robert Adam Bridge lit in dynamic ways for people to enjoy and appreciate the magnificent architecture. Uniquely, and unlike the vast majority of illumination projects, this one really is interactive. Members of the public will be able to take over the controls for themselves and light up the various structures in whichever way they choose.
Brown planted more than two thousand trees in the 120 acres of the Compton Verney parkland. Therefore, part two of the IN LIGHT project is Light in Trees, in which some of the trees planted by Brown at Compton Verney are imaginatively lit to demonstrate his choices of locations in the landscape. For example, a mammoth Cedar of Lebanon in front of the mansion will be interactive and change colours.
The final element of IN LIGHT encourages participation and education. An illuminated field of 1000 solar jars will be created as artworks - some during on-site workshops and others produced by local community groups. These will be displayed across the lawns of Compton Verney to map the history of the site and celebrate the diversity of green species. Artworks will be created on the themes of water and leaves, using paper, gels and luminescent paint to light up the autumn skies.
When the IN LIGHT project takes place on a weekend, there will also be a wide range of fun activities for the entire family taking place throughout house and park.
Creatmosphere was founded by artist Laurent Louyer, who says “This project is about how you can look at the landscape differently using light as the main medium. The Creatmosphere studio is using the latest lighting technology to allow the participating audience to enjoy an experience which is historical, environmental and engaging.”
Join us for this spectacular, unique event where you will get to see Compton Verney lit up in all its glory.
In Light is only on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.
About the Author: Georgina Delahaye, Compton Verney