The Enchanted Forest, Scotlands multi-award-winning sound and light show, will mark VisitScotlands Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design with the development of a unique piece of street art in Glasgow this Saturday afternoon by internationally renowned graffiti artist, Conzo Throb.
The state-of-the-art sound and light show, which this year is entitled shimmer, will be interpreted and depicted on a large scale mural which will be painted in front of a live audience on Glasgows Argyle Street between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday afternoon.
Derek Allan, Producer of The Enchanted Forest commented on the importance of creativity in events:
The Enchanted Forest has always pushed the creative boundaries and, in celebration of our 15th show this year, we wanted to do something a little bit different. The idea came about from talking to my daughter who suggested working with a street artist as a way to bring some of that Enchanted Forest magic onto the street. As it was the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, we agreed it was an exciting way to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the show and mark the importance of design and innovation in events. The development of the artwork on Saturday is as much about creating a live performance as it is about creating something that will endure and be seen by thousands. We hope that the people of Glasgow will stop by and have a chat with us about the project and the event on Saturday as well as watch Conzo at work.
Conzo Throb commented on his plans for Saturday:
Ive never been to The Enchanted Forest before but Ive been studying pictures of the show and it looks amazing. Ill be interpreting The Enchanted Forest is a street art style that will be applied to a large scale mural, as well as a depiction of this years show title, shimmer, to create a finished piece of artwork which will then go on show to the 60,000 visitors to attend the event every year. It will be fun and I hope my fellow Glaswegians will pop along and say hello while Im working.
Conzo grew up in Lanarkhall, just outside Glasgow, and studied graphic design at Glasgow Metropolitan College before focussing on his street art career full time. His art now takes him across the globe, working with some of the worlds biggest brand names including Reebok, Major League Baseball and Umbro. His most recent work took place in Los Angeles and, after this weekend, hes moving on to a two-month project which will see him develop a series of wall art and characters for Sauchiehall Street restaurant Tuk Tuk, set to open later this year. The event on Saturday has been co-ordinated by LA Creative, run by Lauren Allan, and is their debut production.
The Enchanted Forest runs from Thursday 29th September to Friday 30th October at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. This years event will also see the return of the multi-award-winning creative team of Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes as lighting designers, and RJ McConnell and Jon Beales providing sound design and composition and show producer, Derek Allan.
Proceeds from a dedicated charity night on Thursday September 29th will also benefit three charities: Scotlands Charity Air Ambulance; Kidney Kids Scotland; and British Heart Foundation Scotland.