Hfour worked with Capilano Suspension Bridge to create a unique installation of the VocaLites during their 10th annual Canyon Lights festival.
The all-season park amidst the towering canopy of Capilano Canyon in North Vancouver converts into a stunning display of Christmas lights each year during December. The world’s tallest living Christmas Tree (153 feet) as well as many other attractions, including the 450-foot suspension bridge, are taken in by tens of thousands each year.
Beyond the canyon, next to the Three Sister Ponds, an entire hillside was covered by the VocaLites. From the other side of the pond, people could sing carols, or whisper Christmas wishes, and light up the hillside. Taking inspiration from phosphorescent forest plants, animals and fungi, imaginary and otherwise, Hfour created an interactive light show which delighted visitors of all ages. The core creative idea was to make a piece which fit within the ancient forest landscape that stands as its own cultural reference. It was easy to be inspired, looking up at centuries old trees.
Hfour designed and built custom voice activated microphone led light rings cast in resin. As a visitor spoke into a microphone, the light surrounding it would come to life, and subsequently, the lights in the forest across the pond would blink in reaction. Four microphones were used to activate four different areas of the hillside.
Partial proceeds from Canyon Lights will go to the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund for fire education in schools. To date, the Capilano Suspension Bridge has raised $192,000 for the cause.