The Winter Light Festival is an installation of light art by over 20 artists, participatory illuminated events, talks and affiliated events scattered throughout the city. It is a new event for Portland, running tonight through Saturday at OMSI, in the surrounding East Bank area and in the affiliated locations.
It may have had its roots in the Light Bar event each February in a Northeast Portland yard. It also corresponded with Portland Minibike Winter. To combat Winter darkness, people gathered there evenings for art-themed events and conversation. Each year it was in a new temporary experimental structure, built for the event, heated by a wood stove and illuminated brightly. One year show collapsed the structure when it was unoccupied. It was fun while it lasted!
The organizers and advisors of the Winter Light Festival are artists, professional lighting designers and veterans of art festivals with night time light art installations.
The event itself is free. OMSI will host food and drink for sale if you would like to get inside to warm up.
Some items will be visible from the West Willamette shore.
Winter Light Festival www.pdxwlf.com at OMSI and the industrial area nearby. 5PM-10 Free