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Arboreal Lightning: dance with a massive, interactive tree of lights

Posted at 10:00 am, August 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London
arboreal lightening

Pretend you’re wandering through the magical, illuminated jungle in ‘Avatar’ at this giant interactive light installation, which transforms our movement and sounds into a spectacular flickering of lights.

led light tree

‘Aboreal Lightning’ is the centrepiece of Reverb Festival, a music fest curated by singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. Essentially it’s a huge tree-like structure made from tiny LED lights, which react to sound and movement to create an immersive light environment. It’s been designed specifically for the Camden Roundhouse and the strands of LED lights intertwine with the building’s structure, illuminating its height and hidden recesses. Some strands are left to dangle above the audience, allowing them to create their own ripples among the 4,800 individually reacting glimmers of light.

arboreal lightening

During scheduled performance times professional artists take to the stage to activate their multi sensory concerts, but the rest of the time the public has free reign of this beautiful, spontaneous piece of interactive art.

Take a sneaky peek at the tree in action:

At Reverb Festival you’ll also have the chance to play a human harp, a device which, when attached to any urban structure, gives the user the ability to play it like a musical instrument. So in theory you could play the ‘Game of Thrones’ theme tune on Tower Bridge. Sweet. Check it out between noon and 5pm before it ends on August 26.

Free. Open until August 24, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8EH.

 For more great art take a look at this week’s best new art in London.

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