Summer Lights

Posted by Rumin Mann
July 16th, 2010

At the Salt Spring Wood Works Gallery a new show, “Summer Lights”, lights up the night! From July 1st through the summer, the Gallery will be open on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to midnight for attendees to view a collection of fantastic illuminated sculptures by artists Judson Beaumont, Brent Comber, and Peter Pierobon.

A Gallery press release described ‘Summer Lights’ as “featuring works of ‘art in environment, ‘artifice in nature;’ outdoor public art that is visible in the dark, viewable from distances, from infinite perspectives, reflecting and illuminating the trails and the towering trees. They transform the ordinary extraordinary landscape into something unimagined, something startling and new, playful and beautiful, and they change and evolve on site in different lights; and they surprise, engage and initiate thought.”

The towering 8′ Squiddy Guards that currently stand at the “Summer Lights” show at the Salt Spring Wood Works Gallery are the most recent, not to mention most impressive, incarnation of Judson’s creepy sculptural “Squiddy” series. The Night Gallery setting really allows the Squiddy Guards to shine!  A ghostly White Guard will greet you right at the entrance to the gallery grounds, while its black counterpart can be found farther in. As you wander through this beautiful outdoor exhibition, you can even take a seat on the illuminated Squiddy Guard Bench that encircles one of the trees. Don’t worry, it hasn’t bitten anyone… yet.

“Strung up in the big firs around the gallery is Brent Comber’s ‘Chandelier’ — an illuminated multi-trunk cedar lantern. Also his new light-emitting ‘Shattered Spheres’ will be nestled in woodchips, looking for all the world like alien eggs about to hatch! Peter Pierobon has created a fibreoptic lamp and large, delicate hanging lanterns that turn with the air and emit changing and flowing patterns of light.

They’re dazzling, like nothing else you’ve ever seen. Summer Lights is a rare experience of astounding original art in nature.”

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