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Winter Solstice Lights

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Featuring an array of immersive lighting, data-driven music, and live instrumentation, Solstice Lights brings Lakewold Gardens to life, resulting in a magical experience for all. 

Coining the term “data music,” artist Samuel Stubblefield translates environmental data gathered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through an algorithm of his own design. From thousands of pre-recorded short clips of music, compositions are formed; triggered by real-time weather systems, the algorithm responds to shifts in weather data. For example, a change in wave height off the coast of Japan might result in staccato violin notes, while the International Space Station passing overhead may trigger a cascade of cello notes.  

Speakers placed throughout the garden broadcast the music, both data-driven and live playing of the vintage Steinway Grand Piano on the main floor of the Wagner House. Simultaneously, colored light washes over trees and bounces around the garden. Through an intricate system, the light controls respond not only to the music, but to properties within the earth’s magnetic field and changes in the atmosphere such as wind and pressure. Such changes will dictate the color and intensity of the lights.  

Artist Samuel Stubblefield is known for a collaborative, anti-disciplinary approach, merging unusual materials and conditions. He has created art and situations for organizations such as Art Basel Miami, Miama, FL; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac, France; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Washington, D.C.; the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.; and NASA. He is currently the artist in residence at the Amazon Spheres, Seattle, WA.  

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