Relaxing outside at night can be truly magical, whether stargazing or just chilling with a special glass of wine. Sadly, the ambiance is often less than stellar: even if the mosquitoes are on holiday, darkness hides all of your garden’s best features.
Light art is hardly something new, but it’s arguably still an under-appreciated medium. It’s also much more accessible than you might think, even without Banksy-level skills or wealth.
You don’t need to create your own designs: all the accessories you need are available and don’t cost the earth.
This cute little lantern, for instance, is 9 inches tall and will add a touch of grace to any table. It gives off a soft, elegantly textured light that’s somewhat brighter than a couple of candles.
You won’t be able to read by it, but it’s perfect for illuminating a table full of snacks.
It’s also made of metal, completely weatherproof, solar-powered and turned on automatically by a light sensor: you can hang it outside and forget about it.
All of this makes it perfect for outdoor use as a highlight, perhaps to mark a path or attract insects so your bats can feast and reduce the local creepy-crawly population.
In case Little Red Riding Hood didn’t scare you half to death as a child, you may also want to take a look at this lantern that casts shadows in the shape of a forest, suitable for outdoor use, or this lamp to give a somewhat Gothic look to your bedroom.