The Gardens of Light Festival

Upperdog were privileged to be invited to the opening of the Garden of Lights Festival by Michael Grubb Studio to experience first-hand the lighting designers’ most recent project. Here’s what we thought: Michael Grubb Studio brightened the crowds of Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens on Friday 15th November, as the latest instalments of the Gardens of Light Festival were unveiled. The crowds, including the digital marketing team at Upperdog, took time out to witness lead lighting designer himself Michael Grubb open proceedings, cutting the ribbon to reveal new light pods such as the Ultimate Vintage and Night Flights. These new pods joined Michael Grubb’s renowned Light Lounge and HipPodRome projects that were showcased earlier in the year. With local mulled wine and hot chocolates in hand, the lighting displays completed an environment warmed with great public appreciation for the work put in to create such a positive ambience. Upperdog and families alike explored each of the pod’s experiences, embracing the intriguing and innovative designs that Michael Grubb Studio put on display. The Gardens Of Light festival added an extra spark to the usual town festivities this year. Joining the traditional scenes of festive stalls, bars and decorations, the Michael Grubb Studio displays created an entirely new dynamic to the attractions, giving the surrounding populations an added incentive to join the fun. Talking about the Festival of Lights project, Michael Grubb said “It’s about giving people an experience when they visit the town centre”. The positive response from the general public about the coastal illuminations is a great stride towards making Bournemouth a town of unique attractions in the winter, not just for the sandy beaches of summer: Michael Grubb said “…the goal in the long term is to start pulling more people in from Southampton, Winchester and other areas”. The spectacle that Michael Grubb Studio has been enjoyed by everyone that has seen the project in the Lower Gardens, and whilst the huts are only on display until January 6th 2014, each of us at Upperdog hope the lighting designers continue to light up Bournemouth over the years. Find out more about Upperdog, web design and development agency in Bournemouth. Contact us today.