2018 | Immersive Installation | 1 Week | Team of 5
Based on Robert Frost’s poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’, the intent of this project was to bring out the feeling of the poem metaphorically through the apt use of light and sound supported by other minor elements. Black balloons were hung at different heights from the ceiling and LED lights were kept inside some of them to give the feeling of walking in a dark, cold forest. At the end of the walkway, an acrylic sheet was hung with the poem etched onto it.
From this analysis, we set out to create an immersive experience that highlighted the ideologies and feelings that the poet was trying to convey to us.
Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here,
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer,
To stop without a farmhouse near,
Between the woods and frozen lake,
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake,
To ask if there is some mistake,
The only other sound’s the sweep,
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
In order to decide what exactly we wanted to present to the audience, we broke down the different feelings the poet experiences throughout his journey. These feelings included curiosity of his surroundings, a sense of fear inflicted due to the setting, awareness of the sounds playing around him, and finally, appreciation.
A lantern was given to the audience before they started their journey; it was to help guide them through the space. They then embarked on a journey that made them feel frightened and lost. But as time passed, they noticed a small, glowing light at the end of the passage. This glowing attraction was meant to remind them of the light at the end of every tunnel, and gave them the motivation to continue their journey and appreciate it.