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.
Location
Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower, located at 1601 Arapahoe St. on the 16th Street Mall.
Artists
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 February 2024
February's Night Lights Denver program is curated by Valerie Amend as an ode to health and wellness—a theme often reflected on at the advent of the new year. Artists Wednesday Kim, Sara Ludy, Maya Man, LaJuné McMillian, and Surabhi Saraf survey attitudes of healing through digital, astral, and phenomenological means. Pictured: "Interblobbing" by Surabhi Saraf.
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Feb 29, 2024
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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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Surabhi Saraf
February 2024
Interblobbing
"Interblobbing" is a poetic dance of emotions, transcending the limits of language and inviting us to embrace the gentle ebb and flow of sensations. The raw, shape-shifting clay blob serves as a vessel for the unspoken, the undiscovered, and the beautifully ambiguous. Set against the night sky, symbolizing the vastness of our emotional landscapes, each subtle movement of the blob mirrors the intricate dance of feelings that define us. Special thanks to Pariah Interactive (software/ project development) & Laura Hyunjhee Kim, fellow blobber / coconspirator
https://surabhisaraf.net/View artist
Maya Man
February 2024
shift reality instantly ~ {very powerful}
An interactive, generative meditation on the desire for escapism and the perceived supernatural powers of content on the internet. The piece is inspired by the culture of "subliminals," a genre of videos on YouTube and TikTok that promise to change your life, appearance, or even reality for the better. These videos have titles such as “𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙣𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙧𝙖 ✰ 𝙚𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙡𝙮𝙥𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙨𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙡”and “.𖥔 ݁ ˖ glow up subliminal calm + overnight ˖ ݁ 𖥔. you will look unrecognizable after ONE listen.” Subliminals are especially popular with young women and teenage girls. They often include cute unicode characters in the video titles, an overt gesture toward the sparkly power that the video supposedly holds. shift reality instantly ~ {very powerful} is a playful work that, under the surface, examines the yearning to use the internet as a portal to discover a version of oneself that exists outside the bounds of the physical realm.
https://mayaontheinter.net/View artist
Sara Ludy
February 2024
Magic House
"Magic House" (2023) is from the AI-generated series Metamimics that explore the material nature of AI while seeking to unveil aspects of ourselves. Each scene was created using an AI-generated image of a stage performance, combined with text prompts depicting everyday places such as beaches, dinners, and pools. In certain scenes, the stage performance seems to bleed into these places, such as a stage light shining through a blue sky. This spatial bleed unveils its own cosmology — a black box stage through which AI performs.
https://www.saraludy.com/View artist
LaJuné McMillian
February 2024
The Portal’s Keeper - A Meditation
"The Portal’s Keeper - A Meditation" is a reminder that movement does not only represent our individual experiences, but it also represents our collective memory, transcending space, time and oppressive social structures. It allows us to connect to each other, our ancestors, our deepest selves, and gives us space to communicate to our future. Movement is a technology, holding the stories of our existence globally.
https://laja.me/View artist
Wednesday Kim
February 2024
The Mental Athlete
"The Mental Athlete" is a mental care project by Kim tailored for those at home or the office. Building on past success, like "Aesthetic of Being Disappeared" where a therapist offered guidance, this project features a health trainer promoting mental well-being. Based on personal and surveyed experiences, "The Mental Athlete" explores the link between mental health, cleanliness, and exercise's brain-boosting effects. The work is presented through an enlightening video and an interactive Zoom workout session. Made in collaboration with Rory Scott and supported by The Pylon Lab.
https://wednesdaykim.xyz/View artist
Benjamin Powell
Ongoing
Cacheflowe (Justin Gitlin)
Winter/Spring 2024
"Facets 888v"
"Facets 888v" is a real-time generative artwork - a software application that runs indefinitely and creates an ever-shifting mosaic pattern via an array of layout and motion algorithms. The title is a reference to the 888 discrete shapes that create the moving mosaic and the Voronoi pattern created by a novel graphics programming technique. These flat, high-contrast and slow-moving patterns are designed to harmonize with the dimensional surfaces of the Kittredge building.
https://cacheflowe.com/View artist
waveform.exp @ 1555 Champa Street
Ongoing
waveform.exp @ 1555 Champa Street
SPARK is an after-dark light and projection program hosted throughout downtown. Using the latest in projection mapping technology and equipment, the Denver Theatre District and Downtown Denver Business Improvement District have found a way to fill temporarily empty spaces with light and magic. Artwork at this location provided by waveform.exp
https://www.waveformexp.com/View artist
waveform.exp @ Denver Pavilions Suite 180
Ongoing
waveform.exp @ 1555 Champa Street
SPARK is an after-dark light and projection program hosted throughout downtown. Using the latest in projection mapping technology and equipment, the Denver Theatre District and Downtown Denver Business Improvement District have found a way to fill temporarily empty spaces with light and magic. Artwork at this location provided by waveform.exp
https://www.waveformexp.com/View artist
waveform.exp @ 1600 California St, 2nd Floor McClintock Building
Ongoing
waveform.exp @ 1600 California, Unit #3
SPARK is an after-dark light and projection program hosted throughout downtown. Using the latest in projection mapping technology and equipment, the Denver Theatre District and Downtown Denver Business Improvement District have found a way to fill temporarily empty spaces with light and magic. Artwork at this location provided by waveform.exp
https://www.waveformexp.com/View artist
Limelight
Ongoing
Micromonumental Mapping: Essence of Creation
"Micromonumental Mapping: Essence of Creation" is a projection mapping artwork, created by Limelight, featuring a 3D-printed, 1/40-scale model of the Opéra de Lille in France. Viewable through the window as part of the SPARK program, you can see it from Sunset until 2:00 AM daily, located near 16th St and Curtis Street on the ground floor level of the 16th Street Center Parking Garage.
https://limelightart.net/View artist
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Jim Frelinger
January 2024
if I forget thee
This is my attempt to reconcile the many ideas I have of Rollinsville, both real and imagined. I represent it through archival postcards and mining maps, Google Earth imagery, as well as film shot thirty years ago when I was in film school.
https://www.byjimf.com/View artist
Birdy Magazine
January 2024
Celebrating 10 Years of Birdy!
Birdy is Colorado’s premiere creative magazine exploring and documenting the art and culture of our current time. Featuring local, national and international artists, writers and businesses, we offer an ever-expanding spectrum of visual and written exhibitions advocating the creative exploration of art, information and ideas. Birdy is high-end, collectible, evergreen and free to the public each month.
https://www.birdymagazine.com/View artist
Evan Anderman Photography
January 2024
Progressions
There is a certain rhythm to the landscape of the Eastern Plains of Colorado that moves at a pace largely invisible. Fields are planted, crops grow, mature and are harvested; leaving the ground to lie fallow before being turned under as the growing season begins again. Best seen from the air, Progressions offers a dynamic abstraction that brings this overlooked landscape to life.
https://www.evananderman.com/View artist
Kelly Monico
January 2024
Florafray
Florafray is an abstract and playful depiction of the unique relationship between pollinators and humans. It emphasizes the vital role of insects and animals in nurturing diverse plant species, wildlife habitats, and our food supply. This animation illustrates the interdependence between human life and natural ecosystems, emphasizing the importance of pollinators in sustaining our habitat and preserving the environment.
http://www.kellymonico.com/View artist
Chaske Haverkos
January 2024
Pieces and forms; an exploration in color, light, and shape
Waves of color flow across fragmented geometric compositions as the building breathes and undulates effecting the intricate formations and enhancing the architectural features of the building to create a colorful and transformative visual experience.
http://www.chaske.com/View artist
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