It's not the first time that Montreal art collective Lucion has installed illuminated spheres around the world, but it's certainly a first for Texas. And we still get bragging rights for having the largest exhibition in the United States.
Susanne Theis, Discovery Green's programming director, says the artists at Lucion think of the groupings as families, with a family of three spheres being placed across from the Monument au Fantôme sculpture by Jean Dubuffet. "We have a grouping of about six in the Lindsey Waterside Landing next to the Dubuffet and right across the street will be three on the Avenida. Our other three families will be located in the heart of the park on Jones Lawn, near the array of live oaks, and on the [Sarofim] Picnic Lawn."
During the day the temporary installation will appear as clusters of white vinyl orbs scattered throughout the park. But for six magical hours, from 6 p.m. until midnight during the exhibition's run, the lights will be activated and that's when the fun begins.
It looks like the programming staff had a few giggles when planning the related programming for this exhibit, and that's a good thing. The Grove is serving up Moon Pies and moonshine cocktails, there's a pajama party for kids with a reading of Goodnight, Moon, and opening night festivities include a screening of Moonstruck and stargazing with the Astrological Society.
And, to celebrate love and lovers, Discovery Green has planned a date night Moon Dance with dance lessons from local pros. "We’re saying it’s for people, whether they've been together 50 years or it's a first date. Bring your sweetie," says Theis, who says there will be three or four dance groups on the stage and it's not just for watching; it's interactive. "There’s everything from big band swing to salsa and tango."
They're building the sound track now — expect to hear "all the moon songs" — and Inprint's Poetry Buskers will be on hand reciting odes to love and playing cupid. "You can ask [a busker], you can commission a poet to write a poem, if you're shy or you can't find the right words."
Grab something to eat or drink at The Grove (Moon Pies and moonshine cocktails) or from the Lake House's outdoor café, then find a seat at the moonGARDEN Lounge presented by IKEA Houston and enjoy front row seats to the largest family of spheres.
"moonGARDEN" is scheduled for 6 p.m. to midnight September 29-October 7, Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336, discoverygreen.com/moongarden.
"moonGARDEN" special events:
September 29, 7:30-10 p.m., Performance of Lyrical by Cirque la Vie on the Avenida Wharf, screening of 1988's Moonstruck, and stargazing with the Astrological Society, free
September 29-30 and October 4-7, noon to 10 p.m., The Lake House outdoor café will be open
September 30, 7:30-10 p.m., Moon Dance date night with lessons by Dance Houston on the Anheuser-Busch Stage, Inprint's poetry buskers and more, free
October 1-3, 7 p.m., Twilight Tours with an artist from the Montreal art collective Lucion, free
October 5, 7-9 p.m., Pajama party with free milk and cookies for the first 100 children, a reading of Goodnight, Moon, and a visit by the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Discovery Dome Planetarium, free
October 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Sunday Supper at The Grove, $100 per person