Tuesday, October 23, 2018
PRESS CONTACT: Maryam Nabi, (415)264-0833, [email protected]
New interactive and immersive light and sound experience will illuminate Conservatory this winter
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, SAN FRANCISCO – Step into a world unlike any other in Night Bloom, a nighttime exhibition debuting at the Conservatory of Flowers on December 2. Light and sound will transform the iconic San Francisco landmark into a glowing landscape of interactive and immersive experiences. Guests are invited to embark on a journey through the tropics where cotton candy sunsets are abundant, rare and unusual flowers blossom in the moonlight, and fireflies come out to play. The exhibition will run on select evenings from December 2, 2018 through January 6, 2019. Tickets are now available at www.conservatoryofflowers.org/nightbloom.
Developed in partnership with Lightswitch, a consortium of internationally recognized lighting, media, and visual designers, guests are invited to enjoy the Conservatory wrapped with dazzling lighting as never before seen. Night Bloom includes six site-specific installations dispersed throughout the Conservatory’s wood-and-glass walls, with an illuminated Conservatory and interactive displays welcoming guests. Inspired by the institution’s internationally renowned botanical collection, the expansive nighttime exhibit is experienced through a wandering path where guests of all ages are encouraged to partake in a living playground powered by illumination.
Dazzling and mesmerizing visuals will inspire and celebrate flora and fauna of the tropics, exploration, creativity, and imagination. Highlights include:
- Majestic palms radiating with prismatic rays.
- Reflect in the glimmer of glowing Amazonian ponds.
- Play and embrace your imagination as fireflies twinkle in a lush jungle.
“We are incredibly excited to present Night Bloom to the San Francisco metropolitan area,” said Matthew Stephens, Director of the Conservatory of Flowers. “Visitors of all ages will leave with seeing the Conservatory of Flowers and our incredible plant collection in a new light.”
“Night Bloom is an incredibly exciting reason to visit Golden Gate Park after dark. This stunning intersection of art, technology and nature is a feast for the senses and allows visitors to enjoy the Conservatory of Flowers in a whole new way,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.
For twenty five years, Lightswitch has been committed to changing the way people experience their world. Creating unforgettable experiences where people live, work, learn and play, Lightswitch has installed light art exhibits at Descanso Gardens, the Morton Arboretum, and museums and events all over the world.
Tickets for Night Bloom are now on sale. The limited engagement begins December 2, 2018 and runs until January 6, 2019 on select evenings from 5pm-11pm. Ticket prices are $27 per person and free for children (8 and under). Member ticket prices are $20.
To get an early look before the crowds, join us on November 30, 2018 at the Night Bloom Preview Night. The evening is open to the public and tickets are $50 with a complimentary drink included.
For complete Night Bloom details and information, visit www.conservatoryofflowers.org/nightbloom
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Media are invited to join the Night Bloom Preview Night, to be held on Friday, November 30, from 7:00p.m – 10:00p.m. Please RSVP by November 20 to Maryam Nabi at [email protected]. Space is limited.
Night Bloom – A five-week light and sound experience
December 2, 2018 – January 6, 2019; Select evenings
5:00p.m. – 11:00p.m.
Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco
Ticket prices are $27 per person, free for children (8 and under). Member ticket prices are $20.
About Conservatory of Flowers
The Conservatory of Flowers is a spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants under glass. From Borneo to Bolivia, nearly 2,000 species of plants at the Conservatory represent unusual flora from more than 50 countries around the world. Immersive displays in five galleries include the lowland tropics, highland tropics, aquatic plants and potted plants. Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is the oldest existing wood and glass conservatory in North America and has attracted millions of visitors to Golden Gate Park since it first opened its doors. It is designated as a city, state and national historic landmark and was one of the 100 most endangered sites of the World Monuments Fund, but now flourishing. Plan your visit: www.conservatoryofflowers.org
About San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Recreation & Parks)
SF Recreation and Park Department overseen by the Recreation and Park Commission stewards more than 4,000 acres of recreation and open space that includes more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, in addition to Sharp Park and Camp Mather located outside the city limits. The park system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses, and numerous tennis courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and other sports venues. Includes in the Department’s responsibilities are iconic landmarks such as the Conservatory of Flowers, Coit Tower, Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park, as well as the Marina Yacht Harbor, Lake Merced, and the San Francisco Zoo. The Department’s mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks, and preserve the environment for the well-being of the City’s diverse community. More about SF Recreation & Parks, please visit: www.sfrecpark.org