Night Lights Denver The People's Projector

Night Lights Denver is a permanent way for The Denver Theatre District to support innovative artists with an experimental platform while attracting people downtown to experience a free, rotating projection art show.
Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower, located at 1601 Arapahoe St. on the 16th Street Mall.
The artworks are designed by local, national, and international artists, as well as the greater Denver community.
Dates and Times
Shows run Tuesday – Sunday nights, starting approximately 30 minutes after sunset and looping until midnight.
Free and All Ages
All programs are FREE to attend and appropriate for all-ages.

Current Show

Night Lights Denver May 2023
May 2023's program features artists Song Tran, Virgil Ortiz, Emilie Upczak, Mr. LO’s Paper Show, and Ben Alderman aka Lin Wen-Ben. Pictured: "Silt" by Emilie Upczak.
May 1
May 31, 2023
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About Night Lights

Our vision for this project is that Night Lights Denver truly becomes ‘the people’s projector,’ encouraging Denver to participate and contribute – including the international, national and locally-based artists we pay for commissioned artworks, schools and people walking through the district.

Night Lights Denver partners include Downtown Denver Partnership, Orange Barrel Media and the Daniels & Fisher Tower.

Current & Upcoming Artists

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Ben Alderman aka Lin Wen-Ben
May 2023
404 Not Found
In "404 Not Found," Wen-Ben uses the aesthetic of digital software icons to illustrate the journey of searching for something one doesn't know they're looking for. The one-minute clock tower version of "404 Not Found" explores that concept briefly and uses this as an opportunity to build the world of his future short film. artist
Emilie Upczak
May 2023
"Silt'' is a meditation on the Colorado River corridor through the Grand Canyon. These moving images were collected over the course of a 10-day white water rafting trip in June 2023. Only 1% of the 5 million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year go below the rim. "Silt" invites the viewer to experience spaces along the Colorado River that are rarely seen, inaccessible by road or plane. The Colorado River is in peril, due to the climate crisis in the West, the overuse of water and the lack of cooperation regionally. As residents of Colorado, home of the river's headwaters, we must work to preserve this precious natural resource. artist
Mr. LO’s Paper Show
May 2023
Folded Dreams
This is a short segment of my paper tearing show that I perform all over the world in variety shows, circuses, festivals and events. Paper tearing originated in the Victorian Age and was included in the magic literature of Harry Houdini. I have updated it with other paper arts and elements of my Mexican heritage. Videographers: Michael Schorlepp (Film Production) & Editor Susan Ebrahimi artist
Song Tran
May 2023
Out of Gravity
"Out of Gravity" is a dancing self-portrait, I bounce and float above the streets below unaffected by the gravity that holds us down. The state of mind and body are disjointed and disconnected, the version of us we see in our heads is a broken mirror reflecting back an equally broken physical body. The weight of living doesn't rest but crashes down on our shoulders and I ask, "Would the heavy burdens of life weigh less somewhere out of gravity?" artist
Virgil Ortiz
May 2023
Revolt 1680/2180: Runners + Gliders
The year is 2180. The Recon Watchmen, time-traveling warriors, scour the desert in full combat gear. Their mission: safeguarding the past, present, and future of the New Mexico Pueblos and ensuring their survival against the threat of oppressive invasion. The Watchmen realize that the challenges will only continue, so protecting clay, culture, language, and traditions from extinction is imperative to preserve them for the next generations — the Gliders, future iterations of Runners Omtua and Catua, are their foremost reconnaissance team. In Revolt 1680/2180: Runners + Gliders, I bring clay and tradition to meet cutting-edge technology, joining history with the future. artist
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Jason Ting
April 2023
Mysterious sparks of light gently cascade like flowing water, inviting the viewer to immerse themselves in the meditative beauty of dancing light. artist
Geraldine Erman
April 2023
fleurs animeés
The project "fleurs animeés" is inspired by the 19th century satirical images of J.J.Grandville’s “Les Fleurs Animeés” and depicts animated figures made of organic “debris” (e.g.; rocks, flowers, pinecones, and fungi). The gestural motion-capture sequences are synced together in an intuitive, whimsical fashion to evoke humor, pathos, and an incongruous logic.
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Jen Starling
April 2023
The Leaving
Each of the five paintings shown dissolving was painted in 2-4 hours using oil paint. While the paintings were wet, I sprayed them with solvent, and recorded the disintegration. the metaphors that lie within are vast, but perhaps most profound is the temporary nature of life, and the importance of appreciating the lived moments as opposed to any preconceived desired outcome. Gallery representation Walker Fine Art. Special thanks to Scott McCormick for technical assistance. artist
Rian Kerrane & Scottie Burgess
April 2023
Illuminated Meditations
Attraction to the camaraderie and community that surrounds molten metal and specifically iron casting fuels the creative drive for this collaboration, "Illuminated Meditations". Casting metal is experimental, and limits are pushed into performance that vacillates from sheer madness to quiet poetry. "Pay Attention All The Time" by Rian Kerrane sears paper with cast iron brands as temporary graffiti for the Clocktower. Scottie Burgess’ "Light of Hand" follows traces of a freeform mark with an alchemical flow, reflecting the light of the sky and the inner creative spirit. Both artists are intent on allowing molten metal to shape the resulting works in their physical form and connect the footage with performative cast iron works from the recent Iron Tribe gathering in Las Vegas, New Mexico.
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Jeremy Marquez
April 2023
RECIPROCA : A Manifesto in Motion
Chicano/Cubano artist and Denver native Jeremy Marquez presents “Reciproca: A Manifesto in Motion,” proclaiming the values of Mutual Aid, Mutual Support, and Volunteer Cooperation expressed in Spanish and English slogans and iconography. The motion graphics and kinetic typography are designed in homage to the Futurist and Constructivist art movements of the early 20th century, and in such a way, “Reciproca” conveys a vibrant movement of youthful energy and cultural rejuvenation, prioritizing solidarity with the poor and working classes. artist
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