Wild Lights exhibit transforms forest into light and sound experience (VIDEO) – NNY360
TUPPER LAKE — Wild Lights at the Wild Center is an immersive artwork that combines music, lights and nature to create a winter fairyland outside the natural history museum.
The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is hosting Wild Lights through February.
Stroll through an enchanting, illuminated, winter wonderland and explore the sights to a specially composed soundtrack.
In its second year, Wild Lights is divided into two walks, Forest Music and Wild Walk.
Forest Music takes visitors down a quarter-mile loop trail, filled with colorful lights, lilting, sometimes haunting music and sculptures.
The lights, around 55,000 of them, were strung on 101 trees along the path, museum education team member Shannon V. Surdyk said.
Wild Lights — an enchanting, illuminated, winter wonderland with a specially composed soundtrack — is on display through February at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times
The LED lights come in nine colors and cast a colorful glow over the white snow and contrast with the dark woods beyond the path.
The music was composed by Whatever Penny, an indie rock group from New Jersey that worked with the museum and sculptor Barny Barringer to complete the experience.
Mr. Barringer’s sculptures are spread out though the woods.
“Wild Lights is really just designed to get people outside and enjoying the outdoors with family and friends and exploring nature in a fun and playful way,” Ms. Surdyk said.
Thousands of lights have been installed in the Forest Music section of the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to create Wild Lights, with a specially composed soundtrack. Christopher Lenney/Watertown Daily Times
The music comes from speakers hidden in the woods. It surrounds the listeners, seeming to come from every direction at once.
The Wild Walk is an elevated path that takes people to the top of the forest and visits some of the museum’s more popular features, like the Spider’s Web and Eagle’s Nest.
“New this year is the Stickwork sculpture,” Ms. Surdyk said. “Artist Patrick Dougherty and his son Sam were here for three weeks in August, and with the help of our staff and about 200 volunteers, they built a sculpture out of maple saplings.”
During the walk along the Wild Walk path, the Stickwork sculpture slowly reveals itself.
“Some people have said it looks like a gingerbread house,” Ms. Surdyk said.
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