Get your glow on with these five light fests and installations
By Mary Forgione
Apr 15, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Lights and light festivals lend a certain glow to a city or a place. Here are five — including Baltimore's own Light City — that can light up your life.
Sydney rocks the light art world every year. The city explodes in color with a three-week free Vivid Sydney festival in which dizzying, rotating images and lights transform the Opera House sails, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and several neighborhoods.
New this year is a water fountain that uses lights and laser to create an underwater experience. The festival also brings filmmaker James Cameron to the ideas stage, and rapper Ice Cube leads the musical side.
The festival starts May 25 and lasts through June 16.
Sights and sounds from 2018 Light City Baltimore. (Karl Merton Ferron, Batimore Sun video)
Baltimore's Inner Harbor takes a page from Sydney with its third Light City festival that also embraces light installations, music and ideas.
Along the BGE Light Art Walk, visitors will find lighted prisms, an underwater light installation, kinetic "whale ghost" and octopus sculptures with thousands of LED lights, and a work called "On the Wings of Freedom," which features a field of small butterfly sculptures that change color as visitors walk by.
The falls have been illuminated since 1920, but two years ago LEDs were installed on the Canadian side that allow a range of colors. The lights project from three places: Illumination Tower, on the roof of Table Rock Centre and deep in the Niagara Gorge.
The cascades turn red and white on Canada Day (July 1), and red, white and blue on the Fourth of July. In April, the illuminated show operates from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Folks are turning out to launch their own personal lanterns at Lantern Fests around the county. The idea is to light a lantern and let it loose en masse in the air or on water with your "highest hopes, deepest regrets, and fondest dreams," according to the website.
Lantern Fests provide music, food and a lantern to launch (you can't bring your own). Check the schedule for upcoming fests.