No one who witnessed it will ever view the Florida Power & Light (FPL) station on Portland’s Casco Bay the same.
On a warm August evening in 2007, FPL’s towering industrial facade was transformed into an outdoor screen for a live digital performance. It was replete with original musical score simultaneously broadcast by WCLZ 98.9 FM radio – to the awe and wonder of over 300 boaters and kayakers who viewed the event.
Light House was a unique arts-and-industry collaboration spearheaded by the Maine Center for Creativity. It featured layered video clips projected onto the six-story façade that dominates the bay north of Portland. The live performance was created by Raphael Di Luzio, internationally known time-based media artist and arts professor at the University of Maine, Orono. He is also on the board of MCC. The score was composed by Arts in Motion.org.
Di Luzio creates his unique art with a console that enables him to manipulate the illuminated projections, playing images “like a musical note or instrument in syncopation with the musical score,” he says. Di Luzio has performed similar works at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Gallerie Caprice Horn in Berlin, Germany, and other venues around the world.
Collaborators joining Di Luzio in the MCC project included FPL Energy; the towns of Yarmouth and Falmouth; WCLZ radio; Arts in Motion; and Peter Milliken.
The collaborative project perfectly illustrates the power of opening our eyes to see the potential of art all around us. And how learning to see the world in that way changes the world into something forever wondrously provocative.
For more information, visit the links below:
“Artist’s dry run lights up the night on Cousins Island” by Willa Plank.
MaineBusiness.com; August 8, 2007.
“Maine Center for Creativity to Project Six-Story High Digital Video Art Show on Power Plant.” BusinessWire.com; August 16, 2007.