By Alicia Dziak
For eight upcoming evenings, Griffis Sculpture Park will be illuminated with colorful, theatrical lighting for Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park. Visitors will be able to walk some of the Mill Valley Road side of the park, where the trails and sculptures will interact with creative lighting.
The lights will be installed by SitlerHQ and Volt Vision, Inc., the same crew responsible for very successful Night Lights at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and Night Lights at The Heron, the site of the annual Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman.
“More than just lights on trees, Night Lights at the Heron display(ed) in vibrant color the simple wonder of the patterns of leaves, the majesty of trunk and limb, and the stillness of the night forest which is all too easily taken for granted,” said Trisha Lehnen of Fredonia. “You remember in this artistic state to appreciate the natural beauty that’s always just underneath. My entire family is really looking forward to experiencing the lights at Griffis.”
The show aims to give visitors a surrealistic experience of walking through the park at night and viewing the sculptures, literally, in a whole different light.
The combination of colored lights, sculptures and winding trails meandering through the woods are sure to make Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park a memorable and magical experience.
“This is going to be a very unique and exciting event for Griffis Sculpture Park,” said Damian Griffis, director of Griffis Sculpture Park. “Since we don’t have lighting for our trails, our park closes at sunset, and this will be the first time ever that we will be able to open the park to visitors at night.”
Night Lights at Griffis Sculpture Park will be open Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 26, and also Wednesday, Oct. 30 through Saturday, Nov. 2, from 7 – 9 p.m. on weeknights and 7 – 10 p.m. on weekends. The park is located at 6902 Mill Valley Rd. in East Otto, about halfway between Ellicottville and Springville, a short distance off Route 219.
Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7–12, and free for children ages 6 and under.
Since Night Lights will take place weather permitting, be sure to check www.griffispark.org or Facebook (Griffis Sculpture Park) for updates and more information.