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Listening Forest

Listening Forest

[Bentonville, AR] The North Forest at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art comes to life once again with a brand-new outdoor, nighttime experience.

After its successful debut in August 2023, “Listening Forest” returns. Created by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, the North Forest experience uses light, sound, and projections to create an interactive walk through the woods.

This site-specific exhibition brings together eight immersive installations, each one activated by you: your heart rate, your body, your voice, and your movements direct the forest’s response. This project brings together art and technology in a natural setting to create poetic, shared experiences and features a soundtrack composed by electronic musician Scanner.

  • Add your heartbeat to an array of 3,000 lightbulbs each glimmering to the pulse of a different participant from the past.
  • Control giant, 20-foot-tall stick figures made of light.
  • Leave a voice recording that will join a chorus of echoes left by previous forest visitors, and much more.

For nighttime advocates, in addition to its daytime hours, Crystal Bridges is normally open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

24HourNation believes that #EveryMuseum in America could stay open late at least one night a month for those who cannot, or do not want to, visit by day.

In addition, “Listening Forest,” will be on view Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights from Aug. 30 – Dec. 31, 2023.


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