Illusion is our last light installation held in the Royal Bothanical Gardens in Madrid on the 22, 23, 24 and 25 March 2012 to celebrate the International Water Day.
The aim of this installation was to use light to stress the great value of water. For this purpose, an area of the park was transformed so that optical illusions were created with natural light during the day and artificial light during the night.
The installation consisted of a 120? meter long river formed by mirrors and, it was set up in the Paseo del Rey (inside the Gardens) and led all the way to the rivermouth at Puerta del Rey by the Paseo del Prado in the centre of Madrid, near the Prado Art Gallery. This promenade turned into a new nocturnal scene, unusual for most people, and we proposed visitors to enjoy it for a few days.
Illusion was aimed at highlighting the effect produced mirrors, imitaiting the natural reflection of water in fountains throughout the Gardens. Water is the protagonist together with the sculptures and other elements in the gardens from the barroque and Renaissance periods.
The fountain of Linneo, also inside the Gardens, had small floating mirrors at night time on which light of different colours was reflected