Rainforest Lumina is a new special effect at Singapore Zoo, it is a one-kilometre magical path that immerses the senses with the sights and sounds of simulated rainforest landscapes, complete with a shimmering island, created by Moment Factory.
Lighting plays a key role in crafting Rainforest Lumina’s mesmerising spell. Not only does it add greater depth to the exhibit’s scenery and video projection effects, it evokes powerful emotions along pathways and creates a surreal impression, standing out against the night sky.
Chauvet Professional COLORado fixtures helped enliven this stunning design with rich colours. Moment Factory deployed 175 COLORado 1 Solo and 147 COLORado 2 Solo fixtures at Rainforest Lumina.
The project’s Lighting Designer Bruno Rafie explained: “We used the COLORado 2 mostly on the high poles because of the power, and the COLORado 1 on the floor for up light, the COLORado 1 was also great for nice, sharp shadow effect with its single cob. The wide zoom range of these fixtures was also a valuable asset.”
Setting an alluring tone for visitors as soon as they approach Rainforest Lumina is the vividly coloured UV lighting at its entrance. This is one of two zones on the Night Walk colourised with UV light. The other is an area covered with woody tropical climbing plants. A collection of 20 COLORdash Par H7IP and six COLORdash Par H12IP fixtures is used to light both locations.
Rainforest Lumina is the seventh Lumina experience out of eight that Moment Factory has done throughout the world. Like all Lumina Night Walk experiences in North America and Asia, the unique creation for Singapore Zoo is the result of careful planning and long hours of diligent work.
Approximately 100 team members from Moment Factory, along with 200 people from local partners, including Singapore Zoo and Wildlife Reserve Singapore, worked over nine months to bring the project to fruition.
Moment Factory Creative Director Gabriel Pontbriand said: “Lumina Night Walks are multimedia experiences where sound, video, interactivity and lights come together to create an immersive environment, each of these elements contributes to the overall experience. It’s an honour to collaborate with our diverse and multi-talented team and partners.”
The Moment Factory team and their local partners did indeed make this ambitious undertaking work. As a result, they provided Singapore Zoo visitors with a multi-sensory experience they are never likely to forget.