Green Box Arts Illuminates

    World renowned artist Bruce Munro will light up Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls. Here’s a sneak peek into the best-kept arts secret in the Pikes Peak region.

    field of light installation will appear at green box arts festival
    Photo by Mark Pickthall, courtesy of Bruce Munro

    Green Mountain Falls will be illuminated this summer when world-renowned artist Bruce Munro headlines the Green Box Arts Festival with two outdoor installations. Marking its 25th anniversary, the expansive Field of Light uses 3,000 light stands to celebrate light and the natural landscape. It was inspired by Australia’s Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in the central Red Desert and has been displayed around the world. “Field of Light is always a surprise,” Munro tells us via email. “I have given up trying to predict how the work will interact with a new space but know inherently that it will. Instinct tells me it will feel intimate and hopefully otherworldly!”

    teepees will appear at green box arts festival
    Photo by Mark Pickthall, couresy of Bruce Munro.

    Munro’s Teepees will be only its second installation in the United States. Its interactive light combinations flash so quickly that the naked eye can never see the full teepees lit. “I’m always excited by what new audiences may feel about my work (nervous even). No less so at Green Box,” Munro says. “In any of my work, I hope people feel a connection, joyous even.”

    metdance dancers to appear at green box arts festival
    Photo by Ben Doyle.

    Green Box also will continue its commitment to world-class dance as Houston’s METdance company takes audiences on a wide-ranging contemporary journey in a compilation of four works called United in Dance! And musical headliner Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles will get listeners up and swing dancing to their big band sound during the Fourth of July Block Party. Other concerts, lectures and a wide variety of classes will round out the nine-day schedule.

    The festival, arguably the best-kept arts secret in the Pikes Peak region, runs July 1-9, and most events are free.

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    Jeremy Jones is Springs’ co-founder, editorial director and chief outdoor officer. He loves building community by telling stories about all the people, places and culture that make Colorado Springs an amazing place to live. And he’s especially stoked when exploring new places in the Springs, Colorado and beyond. Watch for him hiking, running or mountain biking the local trails with his wife and kids.