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'Shine a Light:' Millbrook Marsh Illuminated

Led Lights on the marsh
Multi-color LED lights in Millbrook Marsh Image: Ann Tarantino
September 10, 2014

On Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13, at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center (548 Puddintown Rd., State College, Pennsylvania), artist Ann Tarantino’s installation "Shine a Light" will be visible in the waters of the marsh. This event is free and open to the public. There is a suggested donation amount of $10 per family.  "Shine a Light" is sponsored by the Hamer Center for Community Design.

See the installation, hear the artist talk about its installation and construction, and experience the marsh in a new way!LED lights - aerial view

"Shine a Light" is an installation created by Ann Tarantino, 2001 master of fine arts graduate from Penn State, in collaboration with Annalisa Barron, 2013 bachelor of fine arts graduate from Penn State, and made possible through the support of the Hamer Center for Community Design. A three-dimensional "drawing" built from electro-luminescent wire and submersible LEDs, the work will be installed directly within the water beneath the boardwalk at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.

“There’s this incredible wetland that has an amazing history right in our backyard,” noted Tarantino. “I’ve always loved the marsh. I go there alone, and I go there with my kids.”

The work reimagines the flow of water through the marsh, highlighting the centrality of the wetland in the local landscape and visualizing the community’s relationship to this vital resource. 

“I wanted to think about the wetlands as a net, thinking about what a net looks like and how it is supportive -- just like the marsh,” she said.

LED lights at Millbrook MarshAs visitors travel the boardwalk, they will discover new moments of “found” light and organic patterns glowing just beneath the water's surface. The work will invite passage through the site and contemplation of its historical and present-day form and content, as well as the natural processes that support it.

“I just wanted to generate a little mystery around the place and get people thinking more about the wetland in the local landscape,” explained Tarantino.

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