WAVE Art Festival: May 28-31, 2020 - Breckenridge, Colorado

WAVE: Light + Water + Sound

May 28–31, 2020

Breckenridge Creative Arts is pleased to announce the return of WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, a free four-day festival that takes place in and around Blue River Plaza in heart of downtown Breckenridge, transforming the river, bridges and waterfront areas into canvases, stages and exhibition spaces. WAVE features interactive artworks curated around the themes of light, water and sound, and offers a variety of temporary installations, musical performances, screenings, digital art and eye candy of all sizes for the whole family to experience.


Set amid the backdrop of the Tenmile Range in one of Colorado’s most historic and scenic mountain towns, WAVE runs from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm each day and features dazzling, innovative artworks by local, national and international artists, including:

  • Iceberg by ATOMIC3 and APPAREIL Architecture (Montreal, Canada)
  • Light Matters by ACT Lighting Design (Brussels, Belgium) 
  • Loop by Ekumen (Montreal, Canada)
  • Les Voyageurs and Les Oiseaux by Cédric Le Borgne (Toulouse, France)
  • CLOUD by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett (Calgary, Canada)
  • Tension and Intermittent Positive Reinforcement by Scott Young (Denver, Colorado). Art revelers can also enjoy a variety of pop-up performances, artist talks, workshops and late-night experiments.

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WAVE installation piece
WAVE 2018 installation piece along the Blue River at the Riverwalk Center.

2019 Sculptures + Installations

3:00pm – 11:00pm: “Iceberg” by ATOMIC3 + APPAREIL Architecture

Location: Blue River Plaza
An immersive light and sound installation that follows the life cycle of an iceberg, in collaboration with Jean-Sébastien Côté and Philippe Jean.


3:00pm – 11:00pm: “Les Voyageurs” (The Travelers) + “Les Oiseaux” (The Birds) by Cédric Le Borgne

Location: Throughout WAVE Site
A series of luminous human and bird figures created from sculpted wire.


3:00pm – 11:00pm: “Tension” by Scott Young

Location: The Gallery at Old Masonic Hall (OMH)
An interior exhibition of neon-based artwork.


3:00pm – 11:00pm: “CLOUD” by Caitlind r.c. Brown + Wayne Garrett

Location: Washington Ave.
An interactive work created from incandescent light bulbs.


3:00pm – 11:00pm: “Loop” by Ekumen – Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve + Ottoblix

Location: Ridge Street Arts Square
A musical installation that invites the public to bring animated movies to life, in collaboration with Générique Design, Jérôme Roy + Thomas Ouellet Fredericks.


3:00pm – 11:00pm: “Intermittent Positive Reinforcement” by Scott Young

Location: Arts District Lawn
A hanging neon sculpture with an interactive platform.


8:30pm – 11:00pm: “Light Matters” by ACT Lighting Design

Location: Blue River, next to the Riverwalk Center
A media installation projecting images from natural phenomena into the air.


*Times are every day, May 30-June 2

See “Featured Installations” below for more details.

2019 Concerts + Screenings

5:00pm – 9:00pm: “Floating Brass” with the National Repertory Orchestra

Location: Throughout WAVE Site
A series of mobile pop-up performances that drift around the WAVE exhibition site.


8:00pm – 10:00pm: “Through the Blue 4.0” with cellist Russick Smith

Location: Blue River, next to the Riverwalk Center
A concert of cascading melodies on a tiny island between the banks of the Blue River.


8:30 – 11:00pm: “WAVE Reels” with the Breckenridge Film Festival

Location: Old Masonic Hall Patio
A collection of short films dedicated to different themes within the WAVE exhibition.


*Times are every day, May 30-June 2

2019 Community Events

Thursday May 30, 7:00pm – 9:00pm: LightCycles: A Community Bike Ride

Location: Psycle 9600 + Blue River Bikeway
Come together with the community and light up your bikes for a parade through the WAVE exhibition site! Riders will gather between 7–8 pm at Psycle 9600 (505 S. Main) with their pre-decorated bikes, or gear up onsite with free glow swag and ride from 8–9 pm.


8:30pm – 11:00pm: Illuminate Local

Location: Main Street
We’re shining a light on downtown businesses, merchants and organizations during WAVE! Participants will display glowing luminaries outside their stores or restaurants, with many offering special offers or discounts throughout the festival.


*Times are every day, May 30-June 2 (except LightCycles)


2019 Featured Installations

"Light Matters" by ACT Lighting Design

Out of the darkness, a moving light appears in between the trees; dancing in the middle of the sky it looks like a mirage. Light Matters is a media installation that projects images from natural phenomena onto a large net, giving the effect of a hologram in the air.

Since the beginning of time, light has existed in its most existential form providing comfort and enchantment. More and more, artificial light tends to steal the thunder of natural lights and darkness. These natural phenomena are hiding nowadays in pure darkness like a diamond in a mine. To reveal these marvelous pieces of natural light into the heart of the city, Light Matters proposes a travel around the world and further. Rare treasures from the universe, the northern skies, the deep sea, the center of the earth and more will float above us reminding people how much light matters. You can continuously be mesmerized by the versatility, power and beauty of light, which has been around for so much longer than man.

"Iceberg" by ATOMIC3 and APPAREIL Architecture

Iceberg is playful immersive work that tells the story of an iceberg, from its calving into Arctic waters to its final melting near a southern shore. In their natural state, the crevasses within Iceberg resonate like gigantic organ pipes whose tonalities change as they gradually melt. Inspired by this monumental natural instrument, Iceberg consists of a series of illuminated metallic arches that each produce a particular sound.

Arranged as a tunnel, the arches beckon visitors to enter, listen to and play the giant organ, whose notes and light travel the musical corridor from end to end. Human activity “warms up” the ice monuments and transforms their original nature into a visual and auditory symphony.

"Les Voyageurs" and "Les Oiseaux," by Cédric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs (The Travelers) and Les Oiseaux (The Birds) are ethereal, illuminated artworks delicately sculpted from chicken wire by French artist Cédric Le Borgne. The luminous figures take human and bird form, appearing and disappearing in the night sky. Sitting on roofs, perched in trees or suspended in the air, they appear to look at you, or perhaps past you. They invite you to glance up and around, they offer the possibility of a connection between the sky and the ground, between dream and reality.

Traveling from Toulouse to Geneva, from Seoul and now, for the first time, to the U.S., eight of these beautiful, spiritual figures will be located throughout the Arts District and the Blue River Plaza.

"Tension" by Scott Young

Tension lures the visitor into a maze of neon mystically bent into dangling “ropes” of illuminated glass. The glowing cables defy the physics of their medium and appear to loosely hang on mechanical pulley systems, evocative of machinery used in the mining era of Summit County. Scott Young’s work confuses the senses and invites us to question what in our life appears vital and warm, but secretly possesses a tenuous fragility that only survives through devoted care.

"CLOUD" by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive work sculpted from 6,000 incandescent light bulbs. The piece incorporates hundreds of pull-strings to create a simple, bright, and playfully collaborative work. Stand inside and underneath to become part of an impromptu team that animates the sculpture, creating “lightning” within and without. Stand outside the sculpture and witness both the upturned, smiling faces of the collaborators as well as the unpredictable display of distant rain clouds and stormy skies familiar to people everywhere.

"Loop" by Ekumen

The work is inspired by the zoetrope, an optical toy invented in the 19th century. Loop is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar. The retro-futuristic machine, more than two metres in diameter, creates animated fairy-tale Loops. Through the combined efforts of members of the public working the hand lever, the image cylinder lights up and creates the illusion of motion in the drawings.

The black and white images, tinted through a strobe effect, recall the earliest movies and are visible inside the cylinder as well as outside it, so that they can be watched from close up or far away. The speed at which the images fly by, the frequency at which the light flickers and the rhythm of the audio composition are all directly related to the pace set by the participants, who can be of any age.

"Intermittent Positive Reinforcement" by Scott Young

Intermittent Positive Reinforcement is a hanging neon sculpture with an interactive Instagram platform.

Intermittent Positive Reinforcement is a featured installation at WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, an exhibition of cutting-edge works of contemporary public art presented from May 30–June 2, 2019. The free four-night festival features interactive artworks, temporary installations and performances in and around the Blue River Plaza in downtown Breckenridge, transforming the river, bridges and waterfront area into outdoor canvases, stages and exhibition spaces.

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