“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”
It wasn’t long before I found my way back to the SoWa district to witness Illuminus, Boston’s first annual Nuit Blanche. This public nighttime festival originated in Paris back in the early 2000s and has caught on worldwide since. Over 40 local artists joined together to integrate light,motion, and creative expression with Harrison Avenue.
Amongst the old Railway Power Station, glowing projections flashed before the crowd. The interplay of light and darkness brought awe and mystery to the former industrial site. For a look at the animations, check out this video clip from the Revelbos Instagram page at http://instagram.com/p/umSAKAhogq/?modal=true. One of the main attractions shown was the New American Public Art’s project titled Your Big Face, which allowed visitors to cast their facial images onto a 25-foot-tall lit sculpture. Next there was Sam Okerstrom-Lang’s Glitche, a mesmerizing light beam display that invited crowd members to roam through a weave of streamers. Also noted, an outdoor booth with a radiant replica of Boston encouraged viewers to fill out cardboard pieces with glow-in-the-dark writing tools. My personal favorite, Caleb Neelson’s Untitled, featured candy-themed illustrations that awakened the human senses.
While I enjoy my monthly trips to the MFA, experiencing art in a less traditional setting was quite welcoming. Embracing public space as a storytelling piece is the key to propelling Boston’s cultural movement. Now that the spark has been ignited, let’s see how the city builds upon this wave of creative momentum. For more information on Illuminus, go to http://illuminusboston.org/about.html.
How do you feel about public art venues? Would you like to see Nuit Blanche come to your city?