Art, meet Science.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is hosting an inaugural event in February aimed at demonstrating the innovation and collaboration between those two disciplines. The event — Portland Winter Light Festival — will be held Feb. 3 through 6 at OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Feb 3 and 4 and 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6.
“Science is a key feature to light art, as artists work to create pieces built upon something that extends far beyond their reach. Understanding how to manipulate and control light is paramount to their creation,” Chad Carter, festival communications director, said in an email.
Carter said organizers plan to have scheduled talks during this year’s event about the influence light and science have on the artists and the role light plays in our daily lives.
The free, all-ages light fest will feature large-scale light sculptures, projects, performances and installations.
While the event might not delve deeply into light’s scientific side in this first year, it will offer an opportunity to have some family fun and a little science with it, too.
“As a festival, we are working to bring together the best of both art and science as they are so intertwined,” Carter said.
As for festival’s future, organizers are hoping to grow the event, including adding displays and pieces that “highlight the science behind light,” he said.