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Monday, May 27, 2019
WAVE art festival makes a splash in Breckenridge this week with interactive installations
The fourth annual WAVE: Light + Water + Sound festival begins this week in downtown Breckenridge. The free, four-day gathering of illuminated and interactive installations invites the public to bask in pieces that blend the natural, musical and industrial worlds.
With works made by international and Colorado-based artists, people can expect everything from a cloud made of light bulbs to wireframe birds to a cellist playing on the Blue River.
“This event builds on our success with other nature-inspired activities as well as supports our commitment to programs that focus on environmental and place-based relevancy,” said Robb Woulfe, president and CEO of Breckenridge Creative Arts, in a press release. “The artworks featured in this year’s WAVE festival explore various ecological topics that are important to both local residents as well as guests who visit our beautiful mountain community.”
Seven different works of public art will dot Breckenridge’s scenic landscape. The pieces are either U.S. premieres, Colorado premieres or brand new commissions never seen before.
Most will be displayed on the Arts District campus on Washington Avenue. There, people can pull on the strings of thousands of light bulbs in Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett’s CLOUD, interact with Scott Young’s neon work Intermittent Positive Reinforcement, or gaze at the ethereal wire sculptures of Cédric Le Borgne’s Les Voyageurs and Les Oiseaux.
On the Blue River Plaza, festivalgoers can walk under metallic arches in Iceberg, an immersive, organ-like installation by ATOMIC3 and APPAREIL Architecture that follows the life cycle of giant pieces of ice with light and sound.
At the gallery inside the Old Masonic Hall sits Tension, a series of neon “ropes” created by Denver-based Young. Dangling on a system of mechanical pulleys, the piece is meant to evoke the equipment of Summit County’s mining past. To learn more about Tension, visit Old Masonic Hall on Friday, May 31, to hear Young give a half-hour presentation at 6 p.m.
ACT Lighting Design, a Belgian-based design agency, created a holographic-like net called Light Flows that will be visible on the Riverwalk Center lawn. Various light-themed images of nature will be projected on the installation as it floats in the air.
If folks want a bit of exercise with their artwork, they should check out Ekumen’s Loop. A combination of a music box, zoetrope and railway handcar, participants sit inside the machine and pull the lever to create an animated movie with images and sounds that sync up with the pace they set.