Colorful art sparkles after dark in Arizona

Posted By Mike Padgett

Feb. 27, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Picture several displays of artistic creations illuminated from within by various colors. One display is a set of five helium kites hovering over visitors’ heads. In a nearby canal is a collection of 50 floating spheres.

The imaginative creations were part of a busy outdoor art scene my Best Friend and I enjoyed last week. It was where we mingled at sunset with creative spirits and their whimsical art.

For two consecutive evenings, we admired the colorful creations of several artists at a popular exhibit sponsored by Scottsdale Public Art.

The Feb. 23-26 display, called Canal Convergence Water + Art + Light, offered visitors a variety of artistic works that include light and changing colors.

The Thursday-to-Sunday events began at 4 p.m. closed at 10 p.m. daily. The spectacle offered a variety of colorful creations, including tall metal polyhedron sculptures, helium light kites, and colorful spheres floating on water.

Colorful and intricate shadows were cast by HYBYCOZO, a display consisting of three 7-foot-tall polyhedron sculptures. Internal LEDs shining through the geometric designs created intricate designs of changing colors on the surrounding sidewalks.

HYBYCOZO, created by San Francisco artists Yelena Filipchuk, who is an environmental scientist, and Serge Beaulieu, an industrial designer. Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett

Les Lumineoles is an aerial display of helium light kites, which appeared to float on the night breeze. If their gentle movements were put to music, a solo of a piano or a saxophone would be appropriate. Floating nearby in the Arizona Canal is another display, Lentille d’eau, which consists of 50 luminous spheres that change color. The two adjacent displays were created by the French artist association Porte par le vent.

Les Lumineoles, above, and Lentille d’eau, right, floating in the Arizona Canal. Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett

The event featured more than 30 attractions near, over or in the Arizona Canal at Scottsdale Waterfront, which is between Scottsdale Road and Goldwater Boulevard, south of Camelback Road.

The creative and colorful works were a welcome distraction from the daily barrage of negative political news. It was rejuvenating. It was real.

The first night, a Thursday, was more crowded than we expected. I was not satisfied with my photos because spectators predictably crowded around the artists’ works. My Best Friend said we should return the next night at a later time for more photos. She was right.

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Feb 27th, 2017

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  1. Peg Hodges said,

    As usual, Mike, you paint a picture with words and then add grand pictures. How very lovely to share your adventures in art with your best friend.

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