Lights on Tampa 2015

Lights On Tampa is a biennial event that brings free access to artistic excellence and is fun and family friendly, includes a multi-level education program and presents a lasting element to our cityscape. This past February, Lights On Tampa returned to downtown with innovative and interactive public art experiences. The 2015 event was the first year to expand, taking place two consecutive nights: February 20th and Saturday, February 21st, 2015 from 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. Both nights featured two choreographed performances of Nick Cave's "HEARD Tampa".    

Over the course of the 2-night event, thousands of people experienced interactive new media art, watched unique performance art by Nick Cave, and even participated in an "open mic" arena in the Kiley Garden Amphitheatre.  Food and beer vendors were available courtesy Tampa Bay Markets and Cigar City Brewing, respectively, and even a bike valet was available for those who cycled to the event.  This family-friendly event has become a Tampa favorite -- read about it here and explore highlights from 2015!   

Lights On Tampa 2015 is about connection: Connecting people to place, place to the arts, the arts to people. Art and technology are both avenues in which many things travel. Both are direct extensions of what we are and where are as a city. Recognizing that culture and innovation emerges from the community, Lights On provides a foundation for exploration of ideas and put them in the spotlight.

The proposed projects for Lights On 2015 promise to be diverse, engaging and fun – all will be beautiful and mesmerizing. As with all previous Lights On projects, some will be temporary with one remaining as permanent contributions to our downtown.

 River GlowWannemacher Jensen Architects – St. Petersburg – River Glow is an underwater installation that is intended to draw patrons to the Riverwalk. For Lights On Tampa, this artwork brings the river into play by providing a glimpse into its “night life.”  After Lights On Tampa, and with the completion of the adjacent portion of the Riverwalk, River Glow will be reinstalled as a permanent feature along this pedestrian path and provide opportunities to interact with a lighting feature.

HEARD - TampaNick Cave – Chicago – Internationally recognized performance artist and sculptor Nick Cave brought a herd of  colorful life-size horses to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. HEARD is a magical, choreographed performance that brings local dancers and musicians together, some in costume and accompanied by live music and captures both light and the imagination.  


Shadow Plays - Creative Movement Company -  Tying in with the exploration of light, another performance component returning to Lights on Tampa is Shadow Plays (first debuted in 2011) by The Creative Movement Company.  Shadow Plays allowed both performers and event participants to experiment with improvisational movement and light to entertain and empower the performers as they bring shadows to life.

RecurrenceLuftwerk – Chicago – Recurrence is a light art installation that evokes the tidal flow of the Hillsborough River through programmable kinetic LEDs. This elegant artwork was comprised of a grid of lights that flowed in a compressed rhythm to the tides of the Hillsborough River.

Sky StrikerSky Striker  was rigged much like the traditional High Striker game with a mallet and base and tower, however, rather than seeing your results on a lighted board, they appeared on the adjacent 31-floor Rivergate Tower.

Up-Lit Words by Silvia Curbelo – Tampa – UP-LITA simple phrase can capture the essence of something or some place, it can elude, evoke, suggest and inspire. This project recognizes the value of the written word and invites readers, poets, writers—professional and amateur alike—to submit a phrase that captures how we live now and what that means. UpLit was a temporary installation at the park, but it will be re-installed again this spring - location TBA!

Urban Pixels Urban Conga – Tampa – Urban Pixels is series of lighted shapes or forms that can function as movable lawn furniture or perhaps as a building block to make something else, this kit of parts encourages interaction and play.