At nightfall in the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, an enchanted universe – one you’ve all met before – awakes: Foresta Lumina. The project’s unique canvas allowed us to dream up colorful characters. Today, we invite you to explore the sources of inspiration for each one of them.
We drew inspiration for the fairies from fireflies and from traditional interpretations of the world that ascribed supernatural characteristics to natural phenomena. These creatures are luminous and mischievous, and playfully dance the line between good and evil. Our fairies may grant wishes—if they feel like it. But cross them and they’ll whirl you into a fiery nightmare.
The suspension bridge that spans the Gorge was an obvious choice as a gateway between the everyday world and our magical realm. It became a character for us, inviting those bold enough to venture across it to discover the mysteries of the legendary Coaticook Gorge.
The communities of Aboriginal peoples in Canada each have its version of this horror. The local Abenaki call him Giwakwa—once a man, the soul of this giant was twisted into a bottomless hunger for human flesh.
Nature has an identity and a life force. Inspired by a real tree, this ancient being stands guard over the Gorge. Legend has it that at night it comes to life. Projection mappings helped us to animate this benevolent forest guardian.
This character originates from the depths of Quebec legend. As the villagers’ ancient cross was on the site, we felt compelled to use it, giving at the same time an ironic little wink to the church propaganda that dominated Quebec society for so long. Old Beelzebub was a natural fit…
Viewing the forces of nature as deities, local Native myth ascribes a personality to the power of the storm. Thunder, rain, lightning, flood—these forces acted in real ways on the people of the region, their effects were direct and could be devastating. Storms have shaped the fate of Coaticook’s peoples throughout the ages.
The Forest Spirit
This is a being made of smoke. He drifts over every inch of the Gorge, a mist on the forest floor. Or, when he can be seen, he is a stag with a human head—majestic, powerful, ruling over the other beings in the forest and maintaining a balance between the light and the dark. He’s a custom-made being, inspired by pure imagination and pictures of creatures from medieval grimoires.
Margaret is our protagonist—a human girl of the 1930s and 40s, strong and independent, iconoclastic and a blasting apart of hero stereotypes. Plunged into a world of mystery, she’s the perfect vehicle for audience identification.
Perhaps you already know, but we will be back this summer for a second season of Foresta Lumina, specially shined up for the occasion.
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