Mother and son enjoying a walk through the Nautilus Forest, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Vivid Sydney 2018.
Artist: Mandylights: Adrienn Lord (Australia)
Collaborators: Richard Neville (UK) / Nick Sheen (UK)
The Nautilus Forest draws from both nature and precise geometry to create an illuminated forest of spiralling trees.
The captivating and hypnotic form of the spiral has long been a source of magic and fascination to humankind. The subject of lengthy mathematic study and the inspiration for much ornamentation, the spiral is an untamed, organic phenomena, but perfect in its reasoned geometry.
The branches of the forest ripple and pulse with colour. Sometimes shooting off in independent patterns, sometimes rippling as one unified tree and sometimes sweeping magnificent hues of light across the whole forest. With more than 40,000 individually controlled RGB pixels at their disposal, the forestÃ¢ÂÂÂs programmers can take full advantage of its intrinsic forms.
Each of the 24 trees stands up to 4.5m tall; together they merge into a meandering forest that entices visitors to enter and perhaps lose themselves within.