Take a walk on the wild side as animals escape our TVs into the streets around us. WildLight celebrates the beauty of the natural world, following the passage of light across the globe, and the curious bioluminescence light, made by creatures such as fireflies, which pierces the darkness of the night. Left Handed Giant has been transformed into a giant retro television set (a nod to TVs that broadcast the first BBC Natural History content over 60 years ago) but watch out for the animals who have escaped the screen to the surrounding area; dolphins leaping out of the river Avon, penguins peeking around corners, meerkats playing on the wall of Boca Bar and baby elephants stomping around.

Bristol has been home to BBC Natural History Unit (NHU) since 1957, and the institution is a pivotal part of the city’s modern history. WildLight features footage captured from
well-loved TV series such as Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Seven Worlds, One Planet, which have been viewed by more than a billion people globally. WildLight has been created as the result of a collaboration between Bristol Light Festival’s Creative Director Katherine Jewkes and BBC Studios Series Producer Tuppence Stone.


Tuppence Stone, Series Producer and Director, BBC Studios Natural History Unit, said:

“For Bristol Light Festival, we want to showcase wildlife in a new way. Who doesn’t want to see a huge humpback whale jumping, or the brilliance of fireflies dancing across a building? BBC Studios NHU is proud to be Bristolian and it’s time to let the animals out of the TV.”

WildLight Credits:

Director – Tuppence Stone, BBC Studios
Editor – Ryan Patterson, BBC Studios
Researcher – Gini Close, BBC Studios
Projection & Video Design – Joe Cusack & Simon Moore, Stage Sound Services
Sound Design – Wounded Buffalo
Music – Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea and David Fleming for Bleeding Fingers
Concept Design = Katherine Jewkes, Bristol Light Festival & Tuppence Stone, BBC Studios

With thanks to
Caroline Cox, Joy Cogzell, Rees Williams, BioQuest Studios, NASA BBC Archive footage from BBC Studios Natural History Unit, for BBC