Feb. 23, 2011 - Issue #801 : Amy Goodman
Hope and LEDs
'Little bits of Aurora' on Winter Light's Adventure Walk
Populating the Mill Creek Ravine from 82nd to 92nd avenue with fantastical lights, characters and props, Von Gaza and Toymaker have brought to earth "little bits of Aurora." On a long and winding path, parents, children and romantics looking for a good date idea can carry light and hope through 10 blocks of LED wonderment, encountering a host of characters who will illuminate the tale along the way.
"The story is slightly different [than Baba Yaga's Adventure Walk] although it has the same fairy tale arc," Von Gaza explains. There are two camps: one of light and hope for Spring called the Shimmering Grove. The opposite camp is called Ravens' Nest at Underbridge, home of the Ravens.
"They're not a gang per se," Von Gaza continues, "they live under the Whyte Avenue bridge. The interesting thing is that there are people who live under this bridge so we are already joining a work in progress. The Ravens didn't make this camp but they scared away the people who did. There are all kinds of strange hieroglyphics and oil drums cut with unusual symbols with fires inside. In their world, everything is dark. They are in that middle-of-winter state when it's hard to think life is ever going to come back—it's been winter forever." Therefore we, the multitude of wayfarers, must carry the light and vitamin D to the Seasonal Affective Disorder addled Ravens."
If you too are tired of wallowing in winter's self pity, brave the cold and head down to Mill Creek Ravine to carry light and glee to the Ravens and yourself as well.
Fri, Feb 25; SAT, FEB 26 (4 –10 pm)
Mill Creek Adventure Walk
Lantern parades at 6:30 PM and 9 pm nightly
Mill Creek Ravine Park
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