By Patrick Lynn
The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is getting ready to get “Lit.”
The 20-acre park will be the site of its first-ever LIT celebration—a chance for the public to see the park in a new light, with an evening event featuring illuminated sculptures, live dance, and a film debut. Refreshments will be available onsite.
The fun begins at 8 p.m. on Sept. 18. All attendees are encouraged to bring a flashlight. A map highlighting the illuminated sculptures, dance performance locations, film debut, tent, and parking areas will be available at the event and can be found in advance on the Stevens Point Sculpture Park Facebook page.
Throughout the park, 14 pieces will be illuminated featuring sculpture lighting design by Matthew Kirsch and projection mapping design by River Akemann. Live dance will be performed by Point Dance Ensemble Company Members. Point Dance Ensemble will debut choreography by Madeline Prokop at the beginning of the event followed by improvisational dance at different locations in the park throughout the night. Sean Welch will debut his film ‘Night Trees’ at Extended Point.
The Park also welcomed new pieces this year, featuring work by; ‘Scrap Value’ by Jamie Weinfurter, ‘Archelon’s Canoe’ by Wayne Potratz, and ‘The Biker’ by Victor Yepez. Chainsaw artist Chad Danczyk was selected to transform a 30-foot high ash tree in the park into a piece of art, which fell victim to the emerald ash borer last year.
The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is a volunteer-run operation supported by private donors, corporate support from TDS Telecom, and grants through the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin.
The park features woodlands, wetlands, ponds, and prairie, and provides a welcoming and accessible outdoor venue for environmental arts exhibitions, activities, and educational programs. The park rotates exhibits and hosts a variety of art programs and events, including an artist-in-residency program. The park is open to the public. For more information visit StevensPointSculpturePark.org.
The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is located at 900 North Second St. in Stevens Point.