The Lexington Art League wants your light bulbs

The Cloud installation at the Signal Festival in Prague. Photo from incandescentcloud.com.

The Cloud installation at the Signal Festival in Prague. Photo from incandescentcloud.com.

Want to be part of the Lexington Art League‘s biggest project in its 56-year history? All you have to do is donate a light bulb.

The Art League is looking to gather more than 10,000 incandescent bulbs for a cloud-like light sculpture that will be constructed by Calgary-based artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett and be displayed in Triangle Park Feb. 21 to March 31. The bulbs must be spherical incandescent bulbs — no fluorescent squiggles. They don’t have to work, but they can’t be broken. The Art League is promoting the idea of donating the bulbs as a way to reuse the otherwise non-recyclable lights.

The sculpture will be built be part of Luminosityan exhibit that will also include light-based sculptures at the Lexington Art League’s Loudon House Gallery. Brown and Garrett will work with students at the Bluegrass Community and Technical College welding shop to assemble the work, which will be interactive with motion sensors in the sculpture triggering portions of the piece to turn on and off.

The artists, who work under the name Cloud, have already exhibited in Calgary, Moscow, Prague, Chicago and the Netherlands. After an eight-week residency in Lexington, their next scheduled engagement is in Singapore.

Light bulbs can be dropped off at the Herald-Leader, the Habitat for Humanity Restore, the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union’s Hamburg location (in collaboration with WKYT) and the Lexington Art League.

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