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Design and Tech Students Bring New Light to Botanical Gardens

Faculty and students from UB’s Department of Theatre and Dance brought a new dimension to the Botanical Gardens’ annual light and sound show, Lumagination. The UB team contributed illuminated outdoor sculptures and a special light and soundscape to the Garden’s Panama Cloud Forest.

Taking part in Lumagination offers students the opportunity to “take their theater training and apply it to a community event,” says Lynne Koscielniak, associate professor of scenography and department chair. “The students conceive the project and see it through to fabrication and installation. It’s valuable experiential learning,” she says. Students also designed an energy-efficient lighting system, programmed automated lighting, created appropriate lighting effects, adapted theatrical rigging techniques to a nontraditional space, edited sound, and designed and fabricated objects for the display that interact with light. Participants who worked on UB’s Lumagination displays are Gina Boccolucci, Alex Farley, Ariel Kregal, Katherine Metzler, Leo Tozzi, Alison Weinberger, Emily Powrie, Hayden Harter and Bethany Kasperek.

Koscielniak hopes UB’s involvement with Lumagination can grow and become an annual experiential learning opportunity for students.

Lumagination ran through Feb. 21 at the Botanical Gardens in Buffalo, NY, however, you can watch the gorgeous video outlining the project, including interviews with both the students and Koscielniak below: