Nuit Blanche. Illuminus, Boston 2015

If the past summer has proven anything it’s that when art, science and innovation are brought together amazing things will happen.

It was hard to know what to expect heading over towards Fenway Park around 7pm on October 10th.   I knew that art would be everywhere but that was pretty much it.  Turning the corner onto Landsdowne Street it was easy to see how I didn’t understand what Illuminus was at all.  The air was literally electric and filled with generators, lights and music which made the air the air pulse as you walked down the narrow street.  All the bright lights and curious things had a Wonderland meets Tron feel and despite how crowded it might have been there was surreal sense of calm and cathartic abandonment as we all wandered through the electric maze.

Part of a global “Nuit Blanche” movement that started in Paris, Illuminus Boston debuted in 2014 in Boston’s South End and features interactive and innovative sculpture, video, music, performances and video art.  “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 one of the largest, and a large scale multidisciplinary performance presented up the side of Fenway Park with rhythms and music that synched to multicolored lights projected along the exterior wall.  Illuminus Boston is one of those events that you could write about for hours and hours and still not really make people understand what it was like, because in the end like any good concert or performance the magic really happens when you’re there and only way to experience it is for yourself.

ILLUMINUS will be back in Boston taking over Downtown Crossing from 6pm -11pm on November 3 and November 4, 2017.  Please check their website for installation and artist details.


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