In the late nineteenth century prospectors returned from the boreal forests of British Columbia with tales of wintering in a tropical valley heated by numerous hot springs, with giant plants and strange animals. The legend was enough to attract botanist Mary Gibson Henry to launch an expedition there in the 1930s. She found nothing on the scale that had been described, but discovered crystal clear hot springs and unexpected vegetation, collecting hundreds of species of plants in the process.

The projection installation combines footage of the Henry expedition with imagined plant species from the valley of legend, procedurally generated in real time.

  • Concept, design, projection by Vanish Works / Alex Reeves
  • Generative video and interactivity by Kayem Visuals / Kyle Meredith
  • Produced by Highlight / BCA / Signal Kitchen
  • Soundscape and documentation music by Zach Pollakoff / Narrow Shoulders
  • Promo sounds by Adam Poulin
  • Lights by Liggy Lights
  • A collaboration with Adventure Dinner / Sas Stewart
  • Props by Bonnie MacLeod and Craig Reeves
  • Cut flowers by Queen City Flowers
  • Thanks to Gardners Supply Company

Presented as part of Highlight 2021 in Burlington, Vermont. This Bright Ideas Project event was crowdsourced from Vermonters and generously Powered by VSECU.