Lights, camera, selfie. A new immersive experience is coming to Miami, and this one is bound to give your photos that sought-after perfect lighting.
By day, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is your run-of-the-mill nature escape. There are trees, awe-inspiring views, and some cool plants. But this holiday season, all that is going to change when the sun goes down. For six weeks, the botanical garden will be transformed into a three dimensional, immersive outdoor art exhibition. It’s called the NightGarden, and its creators promise that this “illuminated wonderland” will be the next great “Instagrammable hotspot.”
Orchestrated by entertainment company Kilburn Media, the nighttime spectacular is like something straight out of James Cameron’s Avatar. There’s a larger-than-life tree with a face carved into its trunk — and, yes, it talks. There are lit up plants with colorful orbs, and even fairies. You’re going to spend a lot of time walking around, looking up, and saying “woah.”
This tree talks back.
Courtesy of Kilburn Media
What sets the NightGarden apart from other light festivals around the world, says Mark Manuel, CEO of Kilburn Media, are its unique interactive characters. “We have been looking for the right venue to do a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience,” he explains. “But it couldn’t be just any illuminated experience or any venue — we needed to create something no one has ever seen before in a location where no one would ever expect to experience it.”
The interactive experience will span over 23 acres and feature mind-bending visions of illuminated landscapes. Guests can expect mazes, tons of lights, and a multi-sensory flower installation, to name a few.
You’ve never seen Fairchild quite like this.
Courtesy of Kilburn Media
Although Manuel admits the NightGarden will certainly photograph nicely, the CEO is hopeful the experience will transcend social media. “We hope the NightGarden becomes so much more than just social postings to our guests,” he says. “Aside from being beautiful, it is highly interactive and fully immersive. You can talk to trees, find the missing fairy sisters, walk through an illuminated maze, do a scavenger hunt, eat and drink with your friends and family.
“We genuinely hope that people can visit without their phones and truly lose themselves in the moment.”
NightGarden. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays November 23 through January 6, 2019 at Miami’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651; fairchildgarden.org. Tickets cost $28 via thenightgarden.com.