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Brief Published: 8 Nov 2012

Tunnel of Light, Japan


The Nabana no Sato botanical garden on the coastal island of Nagashima, Japan, has orchestrated a magical, spatially extravagant tunnelled lighting display for the winter 2012 holiday season, drawing in crowds from all over the globe. Millions of tiny LED lights have been used to create lighting scenescapes inspired by the broad theme of nature, virtually enveloping the entire park.

From a tunnel of almost cartoon-esque rainbow-coloured lights, to a rising swathe of violet illuminations ascending in the shape of Mount Fuji, the spectacle puts most high-street holiday season efforts to shame. Even the aurora borealis has been rendered in a tidal wave of purples and blues.

The installation runs until March 31 2013.

For a deeper insight into using lighting to create immersive environments, see our coverage of seminal architectural event Light + Building 2012 and profile on London-based practice Cinimod Studio.