Some striking light installations will take shape this holiday season along the Lafitte Greenway, the 2.6-mile-long linear park and multi-use trail connecting the French Quarter to Mid-City.
Supernova on the Greenway, a free outdoor light-based art exhibit, is set to launch in December. This free and socially-distanced outdoor experience will take place from Dec. 9 to Dec. 20.
Supernova will celebrate 10 works of light-based art, including the debut of William Nemitoff’s “Iris of Memory,” a permanent installation anchoring the new Greenway Plaza site. The outdoor, luminary art exhibit will also feature seven temporary exhibitions by local artists and Michel Varisco’s permanent work, “Turning: Prayer Wheels for the Mississippi River.”
The holiday light exhibit will also help debut the new Greenway Plaza, a vibrant and welcoming community space where the Greenway meets the Bayou St. John, at 3200 Laffite Avenue, opening in early December.
The Greenway Plaza is a transformation of the former driveway and parking of the newly redeveloped Brake Tag Pavilion building–an open-air, covered community space on the Greenway. These 2020 projects have transformed the area from a space designed for cars to a place for people, with public art, seating, stormwater infrastructure, and native plantings.
Supernova on the Greenway will also celebrate the Lafitte Greenway’s 5th birthday, in partnership with LUNA Fête and NORD.
“This fall marks the 5th Anniversary of the Lafitte Greenway’s opening, at a moment when public need for safe outdoor spaces, access to the arts, community connection, and support of local artists and businesses has never been greater,” said Sophie Vorhoff, Friends of Lafitte Greenway executive director. “Transforming our annual gala into a celebration of light, joy, and wonder during the holiday season feels like the perfect way to honor the Greenway’s birthday while responding to the community need.”
Organizers say the event also moonlights as a “critical fundraiser” for the Lafitte Greenway. Friends of the Lafitte Greenway says the experience will “inspire joy and community healing, drive foot-traffic and customers to local businesses.”
While Supernova is free for the public to view, participants can receive “doubluminary” tokens in exchange for a donation to Friends of the Greenway. Participants can trade in tokens for exclusive perks and specials, like food and drinks, at participating local businesses from Dec. 1 to Jan 15.
Greenway Supernova will open to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday evenings. The exhibit will be on view for two extended weekends and allows visitors to spread out at safe social distances. Masks and social distancing are required.
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