Power Plant - A Sound And Light Experience

Less a play, and more a very well curated group installation exhibition, Power Plant should mesmerize even the most callous of cynics. The self guided tour allows one to explore each installation for as long as you desire (hint, since the gardens MUST close at midnight, get a ticket for an earlier time, thus giving yourself the maximum amount of time to explore), but the exhibition is rather top loaded with some of the best pieces being in the first third of the experience. The pieces range from sound and light installations, to video, and sculpture. I'd rather you experience it for yourself rather than me spoil the fun. All that being said, other than the "Ain't it cool" factor, this piece seemed like a total mish mash as far as a point is involved. I don't know if I was supposed to think about the past, industrialism, post-industrialism, the destruction of the rain forests, or the future. In retrospect, I think the point is to think less, and be mesmerized more.

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The Blurb

Lose yourself in a fascinating nocturnal world - a magical journey through extraordinary installations in the Botanic Gardens' famous glasshouses. www.powerplant.org.uk. 'Ingeniously playful ... a series of delightful surprises ... a huge success' (Sunday Times).

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