Last February we attended the premiere Portland Winter Light Festival at OMSI. The outdoor celebration promised to illuminate “Portland’s waterfront through contemporary light-based art installations, engaging performance, and fun activities for all ages.” We thought it’d be a mellow affair. Ya know, stroll around and look at some light installations.
Not quite. It was packed. Like sardine packed. (So, if you go this year, get there right when the sun goes down!)The installations are scattered around town but mostly at OMSI. Take the Orange Line if you’re coming from the south (like Sellwood and Milwaukie).
Anyhow, one installation this year has us intrigued: Light Capsules by Craig Winslow.
As part of the Adobe Creative Residency, Winslow is bringing his international exhibit to Portland to present a series of ghost sign projections to reanimate Portland’s historic ghost signage. And, not just throwing a spotlight on a ghost sign. His projections are on each letter and lovingly restore long, lost signage (and history). Here’s a list of the buildings in Portland he’s lighting up and here’s a video that illustrates how awesome the signs look: