Interactive Neon Audio Experiment Comes to Dorothea Dix Park in May
From large-scale performances to intimate workshops, each night of Light the Woods with Sound has been designed to create an experience for everyone. Guests on Fridays will be able to observe how artists can use the installation to merge sound and light and try it themselves. Saturday nights will feature performances by both local artists and iconic musicians in a concert-style setting. Sunday “playshops” are a chance for guests to meet the artist, ask behind-the-scene questions, and experiment with the cutting edge technology that makes this installation unique.
"Nate Sheaffer’s neon and sound installation is an experiment in collaboration through the interaction of art and technology," said City of Raleigh Public Art Director Kelly McChesney. "Our community wants to live in a city where they can be inspired, collaborate, and share new and innovative ideas. This project gives us a new environment to think, play, and create together.”
Visit DixPark.org to learn more about each event. Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Food trucks will provide dinner and dessert options on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday nights will also host local breweries.
HOOPLA WEEKEND, May 18 through May 20
Due to the soggy weather and threat of thunderstorms, we are canceling Light the Woods with Sound at Dix Park scheduled for Friday, May 18 and are rescheduling to Thursday, May 31 instead. We are also canceling Saturday, May 19 and rescheduling for Friday, June 1. We are disappointed as well but hope to see you next week!
May 20 Playshop
LO-FI SCI-FI WEEKEND, May 25 through May 27
May 25 Jam Session
May 26 Concert
May 27 Playshop
About the installation
Each of the installation’s 384 handcrafted neon components is suspended from a grove of oak trees in Dix Park and connected to an interactive custom sound interface. The audio interface is comprised of a series of theremins - electronic musical instruments controlled without using physical contact - and Moog synthesizers. Audience members are invited to play the installation alongside pre-programmed musical riffs during scheduled events.
Mr. Sheaffer draws on 30 years of glass blowing experience to create Light the Woods with Sound. He runs a creative and production studio, GLAS Neon, in Raleigh.
"Light and music appeal to us on primitive levels, reaching into the core of our minds’ response to the world around us," he said. "For me, music, light, and art are inseparable, essential."
This project is made possible by the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, the Office of Raleigh Arts and the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department. Partners for this public art project include Glas Neon, Optic Artworks, and Emily Alexander.
About the City of Raleigh and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy:
The City of Raleigh owns and operates Dorothea Dix Park. The Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that exists to support the City in its efforts, serve as its philanthropic partner, and help ensure the creation and long-term success of Dorothea Dix Park.
- Dorothea Dix Park
- Flowers Field
- 2105 Umstead Drive
- Raleigh, NC 27603
For more information, contact
- Dix Park, 919-996-3285