What is The Lightbulb Project?
THE LIGHTBULB PROJECT is an eclectic & unique collection of Public Art. This biannual event organized by Gerardo Castro and Newburgh Art Supply started out as a way of connecting an important era in the history of Newburgh, NY as well as bringing awareness of how important the arts are to our lives and community. Newburgh was literally a jewel on the Hudson, having been the second city to become electrified by Thomas Edison, after New York City. The light bulb a symbol of innovation lends itself perfectly to the art project.
Artists created the works of art using 4-foot tall plywood lightbulb forms. The Lightbulb Project has grown from 48 lightbulbs in 2013, 82 lightbulbs in 2014 and 94 lightbulbs in 2016, in which over one-hundred artists of all disciplines, professional and novice participated; from Fine Artists, graphic designers, sculptors, tailors, carpenters and some were collaborations used a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts, and subjects - some even challenged traditional boundaries that defy easy definition. These creations were on view outdoors at key locations and business throughout the City of Newburgh...it's about creating experiences that will resonate long after the lightbulbs are gone.
Artists wanting to receive a lightbulb must be practicing visual artists, producing artwork on a regular basis, 18 years or older. Due to the amount of work time, skill and dedication needed to complete the 4-ft lightbulb - The Lightbulb Project is not designed for children or young teen participation. Collaborations are welcome but the artists collaborating must be practicing visual artist. $20 Artists participation Fee. contact us for Artists Registration Form
The Lightbulb Project and Community
“Places with strong public art expressions break the trend of blandness and sameness, and give communities a stronger sense of place and identity. Cities gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value. One of my fundamental objectives with The Lightbulb Project is to have art that is uniquely accessible and that enables people to experience art in the course of our daily lives, outside of museums or other cultural institutions. In consequence, the work can reverberate throughout the community, thereby encouraging a sense of shared ownership and collective affiliation. By building and reinforcing community, public art can act as a catalyst for community generation or regeneration and it’s freely accessible. Public Art can make us pay attention to our environment; it can encourage us to question what’s around us.” Gerardo Castro