ARTech Lights, a BayPort Credit Union NlightN event, has been rescheduled for Friday, February 7 from 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m at Brooks Crossing, 550 30th Street. Originally scheduled for December 13 but postponed due to inclement weather, this brand new, innovative event features a giant, animated, lighted double helix art installation and hands-on “techtivities,” food and beverage vendors, a bonfire, silent disco, fire performers, a DJ, a skating rink, and more.
The double helix art installation is a 90-foot long wave machine made out of steel, wire rope, half-inch electrical conduit with wiffle balls on each end and looks like a strand of DNA. It has 5,000 computer-controlled LED lights for a colorful holiday show. The local artists, Kevin Jordan and Dr. George Neil, have exhibited this sculpture around the world, including the Burning Man festival.
“Techtivities” inside the Brooks Crossing Innovation Lab will include creating crafts using various technologies, augmented and virtual reality games as well as music related activities. Newport News Shipbuilding’s Integrated Digital Shipbuilding Mobile Experience (MX) trailer will be on site showcasing innovative technologies and software used in shipbuilding and ship repair and the shipyard’s Education Outreach Team will offer a variety hands-on activities and exhibits. All ages will enjoy playing with LED light-up hula hoops, jump ropes and “painting” with light.
Free activities include a “Silent Disco” where people can dance to their choice of music through head phones and a synthetic surface “ice” skating rink (the skating rink will also be open February 8 from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and February 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; an adult must sign waivers for children to skate). A festive bonfire will warm the event, and fire performers will perform throughout the evening.
Food vendors will be on site selling a variety of items including coffee, funnel cakes, seafood and Puerto Rican food. Craft beers will be sold with proceeds benefiting Newport News Sister Cities.
Admission and parking are free. For more information or special assistance visit nnva.gov/NlightN or call 757-926-1400.