When the magnificent setting of Scone Palace is transformed for next month’s ‘Enlighten’ event, it will be the culmination of a huge logistical challenge for the company behind the technical aspects for the two day spectacular.
‘Enlighten’, will see Scone Palace totally transformed with a spectacular evening celebration of its 900 year old built heritage and winter woodlands, allowing visitors to explore a stunning new illuminated trail as it winds its way through the magnificent iconic estate, interact with Scotland’s famous Pinetum and Talking Trees, lit to highlight the beauty of their fabulous structures, complete with cutting edge light and sound technology, creating stunning choreographed effects, moods and backdrops. The event will herald the Year of Homecoming 2014 and will be part of Perth’s Winter Festival.
Glasgow based CPE Lighting has been working with the organisers for many months in preparing for the event and, as the company’s Nicola Garman, explains, there were a few logistical issues to contend with along the way.
“To put an event such as ‘Enlighten’ together requires a great deal of preparation, not least managing to site more than ten miles of cable as subtly as possible throughout the grounds. Then there is the small matter of thousands of individual light bulbs to be incorporated plus a number of other surprises which will be revealed on the first night.”
A number of individual images, including a giant peacock, will be projected on to the front of the Palace throughout the event while, as visitors stroll round the illuminated grounds, their senses will be treated to various highlights. “At the Old Scone junction, you will be able to listen to echoes of the past, you can watch as Moot Hill is transformed into a cinema screen and also listen to the Redwoods talk!”
In constructing the temporary site at Scone Palace, which will be powered by four industrial generators and will take nearly 500 man hours, Nicola and her 10-Strong team expect to drink 368 cups of tea with 36 pairs of thermals providing welcome insulation from the Perthshire winter!
‘Enlighten’ will be open on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th February from 5pm until 9.30 pm with tickets costing £12 for adults, £9 concessions and £6 for children between 5 and 15 (all plus booking fee) and free for Under 5’s.
Free car parking is available at Scone Palace and will be open from 4.15 pm to ticket holders.
Scone Palace and ‘Enlighten’ will open at 5 pm.