All of the Lights
For my aesthetic experiences I decided to go to multiple displays of Christmas lights and I attempted to understand which of those experiences I would enjoy the most and find the most aesthetically pleasing. So over the brisk break I went to Lafarge lake, Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Enchant Christmas Maze in Olympic Village.
It’s interesting that such a simple object, such as a colored light in a small piece of plastic could attract the attention and money of so many people. After exploring the idea of beauty, I believe it’s linked to the idea of seeing things one wouldn’t commonly see or even think of. Such as a rare flower, a breathtaking viewpoint, an abstract painting or a display of thousands of Christmas lights. Being to see something that was once imaginable must gives us the feeling of enjoyment.
I really enjoyed all of the experiences but I found that I enjoyed the Lafarge lake lights the most. Their display might not have been the best, but the overall experience upstaged the others. It just so happened that it was snowing we were walking on fresh and fluffy snow without worrying about slipping on ice. The lake was also frozen and it was frightening and exhilarating to walk on it. I was also with a group of friends who I had not seen in a long time and it was such a lovely moment of reconnecting.
I would rank Capilano Suspension bridge 2nd. The actual experience was spoiled as it was very busy and crowded with too many people. But being surrounded by nature and the view above the river as you walk above on a shaky bridge was beautiful. This was not the first time I had been to the bridge to see the lights, so it wasn’t as exciting as the first time i was there. Seeing the lights on the bridges and trees sparkle in the dark will always be a magical sight.
I would rank Enchant last. Most of it had to do with the fact that it was over-hyped as it was one of the most popular things to do this Christmas season. Also the price of the tickets diminished the experience. Some of the light displays were truly beautiful and I took many wonderful pictures that night. But the factor of it feeling artificial and unnatural took away from the experience.
So what I found from my three experiences is that the more spontaneous and natural the even is, the more enjoyable it is as well. When you are expected to see something mesmerizing or expect to have an enjoyable experience you are just forcing yourself to have a better time or to see more beauty than there is.