OUTDOOR SOUND AND LIGHT INSTALLATION OPENS THIS SUMMER
Featuring artist and musician Craig Colorusso and meditative programs
After a successful career as a musician, Craig Colorusso began building meditative art installations that explore the intersection of music, performance, and sculpture. From July 14-23, 2017, the Delaware Art Museum will host Craig Colorusso: Sound + Light, the first temporary outdoor exhibition in the Museum’s Copeland Sculpture Garden that encourages reflection and mindfulness. The installation will coincide with a series of pay-what-you-wish meditative programs, including yoga and tai chi. The Museum’s Sculpture Garden is free throughout the year from dawn to dusk.
Sound + Light will feature 20 of Colorusso’s signature solar-powered Sun Boxes, each of which contains a speaker playing a different guitar note. Collectively the Sun Boxes, which will be spread throughout the nine-acre Sculpture Garden in different locations each day of the installation, emit a harmonious, soothing sound. In addition to Sun Boxes, six four-foot aluminum cubes–called CUBEMUSIC–will be stationed in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir Labyrinth July 14 and July 23. These cubes have geometric shapes cut out to allow light to pass through, and each produces a different four-note guitar chord.
“The exhibition allows the beautiful outdoor spaces of the Museum’s Copeland Sculpture Garden to be viewed by visitors in new ways,” explains Margaret Winslow, Delaware Art Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art. “As the sculptures are moved around the garden each day, they will be affected differently by the natural elements, such as the shifting sunlight and in direct response to the Garden’s unique environment. We hope visitors will have a heightened awareness of their outdoor surroundings and feel a sense of calm and peace while interacting with the installation.”
Sound + Light is the first temporary installation in the Museum’s 12-year-old sculpture garden. It aligns with other works of art in the Museum’s collection that create an interactive, immersive experience using sound and light, such as Joe’s Moss’ Orfice II and the James Turrell installation that lights up Kentmere Parkway each night. The exhibition also connects to the Museum’s ongoing effort to incorporate mindfulness in programs such as Slow Art Tours and seasonal walks in the Anthony N. Fusco Labyrinth Reservoir. “With the abundance of technology and the hustle of this culture, it is a much needed concept to not only be allowed, by also encouraged to slow down,” says Colorusso.
In addition to the slate of interactive Sound + Light programs, which can be found online at delart.org later this spring, the Museum is encouraging visitors to write their feelings and reflections about the exhibition on small tags that will be affixed to the ivy-covered fence surrounding the Labyrinth in the back of the sculpture garden. A Sun Boxes application will be available, enabling visitors to become part of the installation with the use of a smart phone.
Sponsors and Organizers
Organized by the Delaware Art Museum. Additional support was provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
About the Delaware Art Museum
Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, a major collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle, and a survey of American art from early 19th century through the present. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.
The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Open Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Admission fees are charged as follows: Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit delart.org.
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