Artwork by Doug Francisco and photographs by Andre Pattenden
The world’s first ‘amazement park’ is set to launch in Bristol this summer.
Wake The Tiger, an ‘interactive art experience’ that aims to blur the lines between an art gallery and theme park, is the latest project by the creators of Boomtown music festival.
The amazement park will see visitors ‘step through the secret portal into the amazing world of Meridia’ at the site in St Phillips - ‘a multilayered maze of immersive environments, secret passageways, hidden forests, temples, ice caves and mesmerising wonders’.
Visitors of all ages will be encouraged ‘to leave no corner unturned, as they discover the stories and secrets of the four great Guilds in Meridia, and how they uncover the answers to their world’s greatest problems’.
A planning application, rubber-stammed by councillors earlier this year, said the park would employ around 100 people and ‘further enhance Bristol’s well-developed creative tourism offer’.
Graham MacVoy, founder and managing director of Wake The Tiger, said: “This project is two years in the making and the result of decades of creative input from some of the best technologists, story-tellers and creative minds working across festivals and attractions in the UK.
“We are starting this new movement in our spiritual home of Bristol and can’t wait to be open this summer.”
More than £1.5million of seed investment has already been secured towards the project from private investors and, in April, Wake The Tiger is launching a ‘crowdcube’ fundraiser with the hopes of pinning down another £350,000 to launch the tourist attraction.