The return of WAVE: Light + Water + Sound was just announced by Breckenridge Creative Arts, aka BCA, aka BreckCreate. This exhibition of cutting-edge works of contemporary public art will be presented in Breckenridge, Colorado from May 31 through June 3, 2018. This is an event worth placing in pen on your calendar.
Prepare to be wow’ed! The free four-night festival takes place in and around Blue River Plaza in heart of downtown Breckenridge where the river, bridges and waterfront areas are transformed into canvases, stages and remarkable exhibition spaces. Featuring interactive artworks curated around the themes of light, water and sound, WAVE offers a variety of temporary installations, musical performances, screenings, digital art and eye candy of all sizes for the whole family to experience. Here is clip of what was presented last year:
Set amid the backdrop of the Tenmile Range in one of Colorado’s most historic and scenic mountain towns, WAVE runs from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm each day and features dazzling, innovative artworks by local, national andinternational artists, including: IMPULSE* by Creos (Montreal, Canada), Les Luminéoles* by Porté par le Vent (Tournon-sur-Rhône, France), Elantica* by Tom Dekyvere (Ghent, Belgium), Angels of Freedom** by OGE Group (Jerusalem, Israel), Place/d by Stephanie Imbeau* (Berlin, Germany), Aura* by Julie Hughes (San Francisco, CA), and Interphase* by Cacheflowe + Audiopixel (Denver, CO).
^ *Denotes new commission or Colorado premiere. **Denotes U.S. premiere
Art revelers can also enjoy collaborative projects with Breckenridge Film Festival, Keystone Science School and National Repertory Orchestra, along with a variety of pop-up performances, artist talks, workshops and late-night experiments.
Launched in 2016, WAVE was conceived by Breckenridge Creative Arts as an event to showcase contemporary, interactive art within the context of the local landscape, with temporary installations to activate the popular riverfront area. In addition to serving as the kick-off event to the town’s busy summer cultural season, WAVE once again promises to spark imaginations with the latest technologies and creative practice, while helping redefine the way people think about and experience public art.
“WAVE exemplifies the idea that art is for everyone,” said Robb Woulfe, BCA’s president and CEO, which puts on the annual festival. “The large-scale, interactive artworks are freely accessible to all, and inviting in a way that traditional gallery exhibitions often are not. This creates unique opportunities for interaction and collaboration among diverse members of our community.”
As an umbrella organization that promotes arts, culture and creative experiences, Breckenridge Creative Arts (BCA)—or BreckCreate for short—is responsible for the successful management of a series of programs, properties and partnerships which collectively animate and populate a cultural corridor in the heart of downtown Breckenridge.
BCA’s signature events include WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, Street Arts Festival, Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) and the annual Día de los Muertos celebration. From quality performing and visual arts to the development of the Breckenridge Arts District, a Colorado-Certified Creative District, Breckenridge Creative Arts is a transformative force for the greater Summit County community. Funding for WAVE is generously provided by the Town of Breckenridge and the National Endowment for theArts, with additional media support from Mountain Living. More information on WAVE installations and artists
follows. For the most up to date information and schedule, please visit: breckcreate.org/wave
ABOUT THE INSTALLATIONS & PROJECTS
Les Luminéoles, by Porté par le Vent
5:30 to 10:30 pm | Riverwalk Center Lawn
An aerial ballet of colorfully lit helium kites that dance in the wind over the Blue River each evening.
Elanctica, by Tom Dekyvere
3 to 11 pm | Riverwalk Center Plaza
An installation that invites the visitors to explore a digital landscape made out of illuminated circuit boards.
Angels of Freedom, by OGE Group
3 to 11 pm | Blue River Plaza
A social installation that invites visitors to photograph themselves as angels with brightly lit wings and halos.
Place/d, by Stephanie Imbeau
3 to 11 pm | Bridge next to Riverwalk Center + Arts District
An installation of tumbling and flowing clusters of lit umbrellas, inspired by the rocks along the Blue River’s path.
Aura, by Julie Hughes
3 to 11 pm | Old Masonic Hall
A kaleidoscopic installation, celebrating color and light, composed of tens of thousands of hand-painted pieces.
Interphase, by Cacheflowe + Audiopixel
3 to 11 pm | Main Street + Washington Avenue
A sculpture that invites visitors to create synchronized sound and light compositions with unique physical inputs.
IMPULSE, by Creos
3 to 11 pm | Ridge Street Arts Square + Washington Avenue
A series of interactive, acoustic, illuminated seesaws that respond and transform when in motion.
Les éléments du NRO, with National Repertory Orchestra
7 pm + 9 pm | Riverwalk Center Patio
A performance by a woodwind quintet to accompany the flight of Les Luminéoles.
Through the Blue, with cellist Russick Smith
8 pm + 10 pm | Blue River, next to Riverwalk Center
A concert of cascading melodies on a tiny island between the banks of the Blue River.
WAVE Reels, with Breckenridge Film Festival
8 to 11 pm | Old Masonic Hall
A collection of short films dedicated to different themes within the WAVE exhibition.
LightCycles: A Community Bike Ride
May 31, 7 to 9 pm | Breck Bike Guides + Blue River Bikeway
An event that encourages local cyclists to light up their bikes for a parade through the WAVE exhibition site. Riders should gather between 7-8 pm at Breck Bike Guides (411 S. Main) with their pre-decorated bikes or gear up onsite with free glow swag, and ride from 8-9 pm.
Save the date friends. This will enhance your trip to Breckenridge and live with you for a long time. See you there! For further information please visit www.breckcreate.org/wave/
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