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Saw this art installation tonight & it was extremely cool. I encourage everyone to come out & check it out. :thumbsup:


A science fiction novel published 150 years ago is the inspiration for the seventh annual Winston-Salem Light Project (WSLP) opening April 18 at the First Baptist Church, 501 W. Fifth Street. Terra Luna, a celebration of the 1865 publication of Jules Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon” will run nightly from 8 to 11 p.m. until April 25. Students from the lighting program in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Design and Production (D&P) will “paint” the church façade with light and images.

WSLP Executive Director Norman Coates said the novel is a perfect choice for the project in the City of Arts and Innovation. “The book is completely about art and innovation. Conceived by Coates in 2007, WSLP utilizes technology and innovation to elevate awareness of the urban environment, while providing a unique visual experience. Previous locations have included the Millennium Center, Winston Square Park, the Stevens Center, and the Strollway from downtown to the Southeast Gateway area near Old Salem.



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There was a lot going on downtown Saturday night, between the Dash game, the Phuzz Fest, the film festival, and the Light Project.  I was at market all day in High Point on Saturday, and had to decide on seeing Taylor Dayne in concert at the Showplace stage in High Point, or doing dinner in Winston and seeing the Light Project.  I chose the later.  It was awesome.  The UNCSA students and faculty are amazing..

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Everyone has until Saturday to catch this year's Light Project. The attached WSJ article contains some great pictures & a short video highlighting the project.

First Baptist Church on West Fifth Street in Winston-Salem served as the "screen" for the seventh annual Winston-Salem Light Project, which will run through Saturday, April 25. "Terra Luna," a celebration of Jules Verne’s 1865 novel, "From the Earth to the Moon," is a 15-minute program that includes a continuous loop of the work of four senior lighting designers from the UNC School of the Arts who explore the connections between art and science fact and fiction.

Students Manuel da Silva, Alyssa Eilbott, Evan Higgins and Lisa Renkel from the lighting program in the UNCA School of Design and Production “paint” the church façade with light and images. Norman Coates is the light project’s executive director.



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In its eighth year of illuminating Winston-Salem’s urban landscape, the Winston-Salem Light Project (WSLP) turns its attention to a little-known and seldom-used tunnel under Cherry Street from the Marriott to Embassy Suites hotels. “Aluvio,” the 2016 project, runs from sunset until 10 p.m. nightly beginning Tuesday, April 12, through Saturday, April 16. Admission is free.


WSLP rendering

From Cherry Street, the tunnel is accessible down one flight of stairs between the Marriott and the former Bongo club. It opens onto a small park that snakes its way to Trade Street, between the Odd Fellows lodge and a parking lot across from the Transportation Center. From Trade Street, the project is accessible at street level.


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