Nuit Blanche. Illuminus, Boston 2015

If the past summer has proven anything it’s that when art, science and innovative minds are brought together they can do amazing things and create the kind of innovative art that everyone gets very excited to see.

As part of HUBweek, and rescheduled from the previous weekend due to the weather, Illuminus took over on Landsdowne Street, next to Fenway Park, on October 10, from 6:30pm – 12:30am.  Part of a global “Nuit Blanche” movement that started in Paris, Illuminus 2015 featured interactive and innovative sculpture, video, music, performances and video art which transformed Landsdowne street, the concourse level of Fenway Park, and a select number of businesses into an all inclusive, open air immersive art experience that was free to the public.

Started in Boston’s South of Washington Arts District, a.k.a SoWa, in October 2014, “ILLUMINUS showcases Boston’s artistic talent and new ideas in public art and civic participation relevant to the future of cities and communities,” according to their press release.  Showcasing 30 projects such as “Waking the Monster” which was a large scale multidisciplinary performance presented up the side of Fenway Park with rhythms and music that synched with multicolored lights projected along the exterior wall.

Impressive, enormous and very crowded, Illuminus was totally my kind of thing.  Wandering thought the exhibits did have a way of making you feel a little like Alice in Wonderland as you squeezed your way through the crowd and tried to see/experience everything.  Although the summer is most certainly over Illuminus was a great reminder that just because school is back in session, it doesn’t the meant that innovative arts programming is done and the party can’t go on.