‘Electric Desert’ plugged in at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

Posted By Mike Padgett

Oct. 6, 2018

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix will be a canvas for a colorful light and sound experience called the “Electric Desert” for the next several months.

Seven displays arranged throughout the desert garden for the nighttime experience will feature computer-controlled light shows projected onto the collective canvas of cactus, succulents and trees.


A young visitor (in the shadows, upper right) is captivated by animated colors projected onto the desert garden’s collections of barrel cactus and various other plant groupings. Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett


The new display was opened to DBG members at sunset Oct. 4. The Electric Desert will be open to the public from Oct. 12 to May 12. The display of animated lights set to original music is the work of Klip Collective, a Philadelphia-based creative studio.


The Queen Victoria agaves, which are dark green, take on a new look in the Electric Desert’s animated colored lights display. Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett


Klip Collective, according to the garden’s web site, “is an experiential video shop that uses virtual reality, projection mapping, storytelling and soundscapes” to create sensory experiences for institutions, corporate clients and cultural partners. Electric Desert is the studio’s second garden installation. The first was at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

The garden’s announcement about the display includes an advisory that the light and video projections “may be problematic for individuals with light and sensory sensitivity, photosensitive epilepsy or other visual conditions.”

For tickets and other information, visit dbg.org.


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Oct 6th, 2018

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