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Lexington Art League launches light bulb drive

Light bulbs can be dropped off at the Herald-Leader, the Habitat for Humanity Restore, the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union’s Hamburg location (in collaboration with WKYT) and the Lexington Art League.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Art League is launching the Luminosity Community Light Bulb Drive for a large-scale sculpture of light for Triangle Park.

Organizers say they are attempting to collect more than 10,000 incandescent light bulbs for this project. The final result is scheduled to be on display from February 21 through March 31.

The glowing, cloud-like sculpture will be the signature piece of LUMINOSITY, an exhibition of light-based art that will be the largest project in LAL's almost six-decade history.

"The LUMINOSITY sculpture at Triangle Park will not only engage an unprecedented number of Central Kentuckians with the transformative power of art, but it also will require the community's direct, concrete support each step of the way," says Colleen Merrill, LAL's Education and Community Outreach Director.

Individuals can donate used incandescent light bulbs by dropping them off at community partner locations, including Habitat for Humanity Restore, Lexington Herald-Leader, University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union's Hamburg location as well as the Lexington Art League. Fayette County Public Schools will also engage students in the light bulb drive.

Only spherical, incandescent light bulbs--not the newer, spiral bulbs--are being collected. They do not need to be in working condition but must not be broken.

"Incandescent light bulbs are not recyclable, so donating them to be re-purposed for a beautiful work of art that will delight thousands of visitors to downtown Lexington is a meaningful alternative to throwing them away," says Merrill. "Light bulb donors will have a uniquely personal connection to the sculpture in Triangle Park, and it is inspiring to consider that light bulbs which once lit up the kitchen tables and living rooms of local citizens will, together, become a beacon in the heart of the city."

The sculpture will be created by visiting Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, who will fabricate the work with the help of Bluegrass Community and Technical College students in the BCTC welding shop. Thousands of donated light bulbs will "fill out" the shape of the sculpture, which is lit by LED lights that refract light throughout clusters of incandescent bulbs. Motion sensors embedded in the sculpture will react to physical movements, creating a dazzling ripple of lights and forming a symbiotic connection between the artwork and its viewers.

"The sculpture at Triangle Park will not be the kind of artwork that you passively admire," says Stephanie Harris, LAL Executive Director. "Viewers will literally engage the work with their physical bodies, the effects of which will radiate throughout Lexington's downtown cityscape."

"At its heart, the entire scope of LUMINOSITY can be seen as a metaphor for how LAL wants to engage the community with visual art," says Becky Alley, adding that the sculpture at Triangle Park embodies LAL's Art for Everyone slogan.

"The sculpture at Triangle Park can be enjoyed by everyone who sees and interacts with it" says Alley. "Visitors don't have to know it is a work of art by internationally renowned artists, they do not have to go inside a gallery, they simply are invited to participate, to engage the sculpture in this very public setting on their own terms."

In addition to the sculpture at Triangle Park, LUMINOSITY will include a full-scale exhibition at the Loudoun House featuring interactive light-based art from regional, national, and international artists, as well as a spate of related community programming. Evening gallery hours will offer patrons an illuminated, artistically nourishing reprieve from the dark nights of winter.

Brown and Garrett have exhibited similar sculptures in Calgary, Moscow, Chicago, Prague, and the Netherlands. After their eight-week residency in Lexington, they are slated to create light-based installations in Singapore.

LUMINOSITY Schedule of Events

LUMINOSITY Community Light Bulb Drive
More than 10,000 incandescent light bulbs are being collected to create a large-scale, interactive sculpture of light to be on display in Triangle Park.
Nov. 1 -- Dec. 31, 2013

A high-fashion, maximum drama, formal gala to celebrate and preview LUMINOSITY.
Jan. 25, 2014

LUMINOSITY@Triangle Park
International artists in residency and BCTC students will construct a large-scale, interactive sculpture of light which will illuminate Triangle Park and downtown Lexington.
Feb. 21 -- March 31, 2014
*Unveiling ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 will feature commemorative remarks by Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker.

LUMINOSITY@Loudoun House
An exhibition of light-based art featuring interactive installations and photography by regional, national, and international artists.
Feb. 28 -- April 6, 2014
*Opening reception Feb. 28, 6-9 p.m.

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