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‘Illumination – Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum’ | Chicago, IL | 2018

Once again, for the seventh year, The Morton Arboretum tuned to Lightswitch as Creative, Lighting and Visual Designers for the acclaimed and award-winning ‘Illumination – Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum’.

What It Was

Once again, for the seventh year, The Morton Arboretum tuned to Lightswitch as Creative, Lighting and Visual Designers for the acclaimed and award-winning ‘Illumination – Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum’.

What We Did

The Lightswitch team took input from The Morton Arboretum team, and made a number of significant changes to this popular and ‘sold out’ holiday tradition. For the 2018 season, the guest path was reimagined, looping through a new first experience, ‘Woodland Wonder’. This magical space was transformed with lighting and lasers into an opening experience, transporting guests into a space of wonder, joy and celebration. Further into the experience, the crowd favorite ‘Symphony Woods’ was refreshed with new music, featuring four interpretations of the icon Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker – these variations ranged from classical, to big band, to EDM. Guests also enjoyed a new experience, ‘Crown of Light’, a collaboration between Lightswitch and renowned site-specific artists HYBYCOZO. A contemporary, sculptural interpretation of arbour, the work featured five pieces with both internal and external lighting. The balance of the experience was refreshed and reconceived, resulting in a new experience, enjoyed by guests of all ages.

Why It Worked

In its seventh year, the Lightswitch design team worked diligently to ensure ‘Illumination – Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum’ walked a careful and thoughtful line, between the new and the exciting, and the familiar and traditional. Sold out attendance and high guest satisfaction metrics demonstrated this goal was achieved, and we helped The Morton Arboretum further their mission of being ‘The Champions of Trees’.