Arts preview: Heliotrope @
Botanic Gardens, Glasgow

Published by Metro

24-27 November, every half hour 4-8pm, FREE,
Kibble Palace, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow.

As the nights continue to draw in, there'll be more urban foxes sniffing around your Waitrose bags. Worse still, anyone hoping to take an evening stroll through Glasgow's Botanic Gardens will find its gates bolted shut at the depressingly early time of 4.15pm. Except for over the next few nights, that is, thanks to an exciting new art project being housed at the West End park's Kibble Palace.

Free of charge and lasting only 12 minutes, Heliotrope gives us the chance to experience the impact of natural light on our minds and bodies across the four seasons. It examines Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) — a negative emotional reaction to darkness during the winter months — through a fusion of audio and visuals involving a "sonic bath" and a rotating cocoon.

Produced by Trigger — an arts organisation that's previously collaborated with comedian Josie Long, musician Aidan Moffat and theatre performer Gary McNair — this magical spectacle has been created by a team of artists, designers and scientists.

One of them is Hanna Tuulikki, whose own creative diversity is more than worthy of that presented in the show. Primarily a sound artist, Tuulikki sings for local bands Nalle and Two Wings, and occasionally dabbles in illustration. Her varied methods of expression are brought together with those of DO Architecture — a multi-disciplinary studio devoting itself to site-specific works across Glasgow.

Joining the ranks of this unique assortment of talent are psychiatrist and author John Eagles, acclaimed poet and playwright Molly Naylor, designer Stefanie Posavec, and developer Justin Quillinan.

So try your best to fight those winter blues, because one place the sun is guaranteed to shine is here.


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