Power Plant is a critically acclaimed, internationally successful, outdoor nocturnal sound and light art experience created exclusively for public parks and botanical gardens. Five international artists create over thirty unusual and sensitive site-specific sound and light installations for magical nocturnal environments.
The Power Plant artists are: Mark Anderson; Anne Bean; Jony Easterby; Ulf Pedersen and Kirsten Reynolds.
Power Plant was a key sell-out event at the Sydney Festival, Australia in January 2011 with audiences of more than 10,000 over three weeks. The stunning, yet thoughtful, interventions within each specific garden location made Power Plant one of the most striking and important events during the Hong Kong Arts Festival in February 2011. In March 2011 Power Plant transformed the beautiful and majestic Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart making it one of the most spectacular and popular successes of the international Ten Days on the Island Festival.
These high-profile events follow similar unique, world-class shows at internationally significant cultural festivals in the UK. In 2008 Power Plant sold out with audiences of over 7000 over five nights at Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture being described by Robert Sandall in the Sunday Times as “A huge success…Power Plant’s ingeniously playful array of electronic stunts, kinetic sculptures and musical sound effects sprang a series of delightful surprises.”
Power Plant presents a rare opportunity for large audiences to access a magical nocturnal world where art and nature are intriguingly integrated. Walking at their own pace, each visitor, moves along a route through the night-time garden experiencing a series of sometimes intimate and sometimes vast art works that emerge from the natural surroundings creating intoxicating atmospheres. Glances into the distance offer alluring vistas where tantalizing glimpses of colour, flashing and flickering, emerge from the verdant surroundings accompanied by enthralling traces of otherworldly sounds.
Power Plant was originally commissioned in 2005 by Oxford Contemporary Music together with the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. It’s immediate success led to the Arts Council England’s Contemporary Music Network commissioning new works by all five artists for the a second Power Plant in Calderstones Park, Liverpool during the European Capital of Culture programme in 2008.
In 2009 Power Plant was presented as part of the British Council showcase during the Edinburgh Festival where it became a must-see show attracting audiences of over 7500 to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Widespread public and critical acclaim followed leading Artichoke, a company internationally renowned for curating ambitious and extraordinary art events in public spaces, to invite Power Plant to the Durham University Botanic Garden where the site-specific event again adapted to a large and diverse landscape, emerging glittering, twinkling, humming and buzzing to become a star attraction of Lumiere; the UK’s largest light festival.
In 2011, with the support of the British Council, Power Plant undertook its first major international tour, attracting huge audiences to the Sydney Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Ten Days on the Island, Hobart, Tasmania. With most events sold-out and total ticket sales to date of over 75,000 Power Plant is critical and public success attracting major sponsors as well as international media coverage in the press, radio and TV.
PREVIOUS POWER PLANT EVENTS:
University of Oxford Botanic Garden, OXFORD, UK, September 2005
Calderstones Park, Liverpool European Capital of Culture ’08, LIVERPOOL, UK September 2008
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh International Festival, EDINBURGH, UK 2009
Durham University Botanic Garden, DURHAM, UK, 2009
Chinese Garden, Darling Harbour, Sydney Festival, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, January 2011
Hong Kong International Festival, HONG KONG , CHINA, February 2011
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Ten Days on the Island Festival, HOBART, TASMANIA, March 2011
Wellington Botanic Garden, New Zealand Festival, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, February 2014