Through an open call, Unite to Light recruited local artists to create works of art, or repurpose existing works, that would help people experience light and electricity in new ways and explore the mission and work of Unite to Light. Each year, Unite to Light raises funds through sponsorships to help support these artists. The artists also give generously of their time, talent and perspective to make this event possible. Below we will explore three pieces that were built specifically for 2023 Unite to Light the Night.
Another piece that emphasized the idea of light as an inspiring connection was United by Light by artist Rebecca Zendejas. Zendejas has had a lifelong fascination with the role of sacred spaces within daily routines. Recently, her work has focused on creating custom altars for individuals and communities; providing a “place for people to reconnect with what matters most to them.” For the exhibition, Zendejas was inspired by the global practice of communities that create a ‘Spirit House’ that “honors ancestors and entities that protect and support the community.” Guests who stopped at Zendajas’ Spirit House were able to have quiet conversations regarding the impact Unite to Light has had supporting and lighting up communities, and how they could contribute to that effort. A multisensory experience, a slideshow was displayed inside the altar with photos of Unite to Light partners and recipients; surrounded by flowers, soil, bells, firefly lights, and hanging stars. The stars were added by guests who had made a donation, purchased a light, or finished the Art Quest during the event. The Spirit House was primarily illuminated with Luke Lights instead of candles, allowing guests a direct experience of the true power of these small lights.
With Unite to Light the Night, Unite to Light hopes to provide a space for artists to get creative with the use of light in their works and for guests to reflect on their relationship with light and energy. We believe that tangible experiences emphasize the importance of light and our mission far better than other means, as well as give a space to celebrate and work with numerous talented local artists.