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Art Opening: China Blue’s Firefly Grove

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September 20, 2012 5:00 pm
September 20, 2012 8:00 pm
John Brown House Museum Courtyard
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52 Power St., Providence, RI, United States, 02906

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Early explorers to the New World were amazed by the flora and fauna they encountered here, like fireflies that lit up so brightly that they were described as “flames of fire.” We’re still amazed by fireflies today.

Beginning September 20th, the Rhode Island Historical Society will host the Firefly Grove in the courtyard of the John Brown House Museum. An art installation by China Blue, presented by The Engine Institute, Inc., the Firefly Grove will be on view through April of 2013.

The Firefly Grove is a light, sound and interactive installation in the courtyard trees. The artist translates the firefly’s rhythmic signaling pattern into sound, heard in the Firefly Chorus, and light, as seen in the blinking LEDs. The loss of fireflies due to light pollution from cities makes them a succinct metaphor for the fragility of our ecosystem.

The exhibit opening on September 20th will feature two performances by the Providence Ballet Theatre’s Youth Ballet Company, beginning in the driveway and moving into the courtyard of the John Brown House. These performances are scheduled for 5:30 and 7:20pm.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Firefly Grove is funded in part by the Black Rock Arts Foundation, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, E. F. O’Donnell and Sons, Inc., NeuroPop and the Capita Foundation.

Send us your Firefly Memories

We’re also gathering memories of fireflies and favorite summer memories for a digital project to accompany the Firefly Grove. If you would like to share your story and possibly have it included in our project, please email Elyssa Tardif at etardif@rihs.org

Please Note: By sharing your story with us, you consent to RIHS and the Engine Institute, Inc., use and reproduction rights of your story, in whole or part.

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