Glowing in the Dark: Expo 86 at Night
aura of Expo 86 changed dramatically as daylight faded into twilight
lights of every description began to bathe the fair in a wash of
Lighting experts from Hollywood and around the world were called in for
the project and every special effect imaginable was utilized to some
Be it smoke and mirrors or computerized strobe lights, a lot of thought
was put into creating a mood of awe and wonder during the evening hours
at Expo 86.
The combined fireworks & laser show were the evening display's main attraction but there were many other innovative lighting projects around the fair. Pavilions that appeared architecturally bland during the day became alive with film projections and dancing lights. Neon glowed along the monorail track and under lighting projected onto the tallest structures made them appear all the more monolithic.
were also examples of subtle and elegant uses of light. By
streams of pastel colours onto the specially coated surface of their
the Northwest Territories recreated the Aurora Borealis as it looks
is refracted by glaciers.
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