Gardens of light festival

Bournemouth Seafront, Dorset

The Bournemouth Town Centre BID (Business Improvement District) and Michael Grubb Studios contracted Ecologic Developments to assist with the design and to build a series of outdoor interactive lighting installations which formed a key part of the Bournemouth Gardens of Light Christmas festival.

Each of the ten installations had to meet a very tough set of requirements, they had to be virtually bombproof, to withstand tens of thousands of visitors during the day and be secure at night, they had to withstand the worst that the weather could throw at them, and they had to be a flexible space, to allow them to house a range of ideas and the delicate technologies required to bring these ideas to life.

Each finished ‘Lightpod’ built by Ecologic resembled a pure white beach-hut like structure from the outside and was filled with light and colour on the inside. In 2013, they won two major international awards – a Lighting Design Award for Best Exhibition, and a Design Week Award for Best Exhibition Design.

In 2014 they helped bring an estimated 750,000 to Bournemouth town centre to visit the Gardens of Light. The build quality of the Lightpods is so high they remain in near perfect condition and there is every reason to hope they will return to Bournemouth each Christmas for many years to come, housing new and exciting ideas each time.