See The Falls Of The Ohio Glow In This Immersive Art Installation, Opening Labor Day

From Sept. 6-8 the Lightfall immersive light and sound installation will be open to the public at the Falls of the Ohio in Clarksville. 

For the past few months, Louisville artist Annie Mitchell has been creating the installation that weaves itself into the natural landscape of the Falls. The installation, named Aleuria after a brightly colored edible fungus found in Indiana, is a clue into the artist’s attention to details regarding working in the natural environment. 

The project which was developed by the Falls of the Ohio Foundation, River Heritage Conservancy and SoIN tourism, will be open to the public nightly during its run from 9 p.m. until midnight. On Sept. 5 there will be a special donors event and opportunity for media previews of the installation. 

In the press release, executive director of the Falls of the Ohio Foundation Kenton Wooden said, “LightFall was developed to engage people in our landscape in a completely new way. We wanted to bring a new energy to this place and remind people of the incredible outdoor spaces that we all share along the Ohio River. We are thankful for the support of the Bales Foundation, River Heritage Conservancy, SoIN Tourism and Louisville Public Media for their partnership on this unique event.”

The artist, Mitchell, specializes in light and sound site-specific works that blend the natural environment with sculpture. She builds and uses fiber optics and brainwave frequency soundscapes, which she calls “brainwave entrainment,” to develop a therapeutic and meditative experience. Mitchell’s career has spanned 20 years with her training in technology and behavioral sciences. 

Update: Don’t go expecting a Louisville Zoo Lantern Festival-type show or a Lights Under Louisville. This art exhibit is about reflection and meditation. You enter the exhibit and leave from the same space. Once inside, spend some time listening to the soundtrack and watching the slow progression of the color changing lights. This is the point. It’s a moment of quiet. Allow yourself that gift and enjoy.

Check out this video of the exhibit, with music by Orla Wren.

Events at the LightFall exhibit

Sunday, Sept. 5
LightFall Fundraiser/Donors Night
201 W. Riverside Drive, Clarksville
Open to the Public with $100 ticket (must be purchased in advance)  |  7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 6-8
LightFall General Public Event 
201 W. Riverside Drive, Clarksville
Open to the public with $20 per vehicle ticket (must be purchased in advance)  |  9 p.m.-midnight

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