Be the first to see Holiday Destination light up and see if you can spot your bottle! Live music, entertainment, FRESH FM's Tommy McFly and much more. Where? At the Fountain Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring where something fun is always happening! Holiday Destination is presented by Downtown Silver Spring and AHCMC.
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Julia Vogl's Holiday Destination is an abstracted 30 foot high structure that will bring moving colorful light into the plaza by day and night. It will be a visual representation of where the local community intends to spend their holiday and a destination itself. The holidays bring people together; sometimes on mountain peaks or in your Grandma's apartment, but many would agree if you are with people you care about, the location is irrelevant and the glow of being with loved ones becomes an ingrained memory.
Holiday Destination, using recycled bottles donated by visitors to Downtown Silver Spring, seeks to reflect the individuality and collective of Downtown Silver Spring's visitors, emulating this glow and creating a memorable ecofriendly experience. Once the bottles are collected, Vogl will paint them with stain glass spray paint, assigning a color to each different holiday type destination (for example, home, family, etc.). Vogl will string the bottles up like threading popcorn to decorate a tree, but will run Christmas lights as the thread, and have these long lines of bottles form a circular canopy about 10 feet high in the air.
By day the sun will shine through the bottles, creating a sundial effect of colored spots across the plaza, and by night the Christmas lights will make the work shine from afar. The Christmas lights will function on solar batteries, so they charge by day and glow at night using low energy.
Washington, DC native, Julia Vogl, believes the power of public art can change a neighborhood, enhancing community safety and pride. Her artistic commitment is to contribute to society, enrich and challenge communities, while learning about people and places. American and British, Julia’s public works can be seen on both sides of the Atlantic. Her projects include Leaves of Fort Greene in Fort Greene Park Brooklyn NY; Colouring the Invisible at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London; Olympic Tides, a commission for Gazelli Art House in London; and HOME, a self initiated cultural olympiad public art work in Peckham London (summer 2012). Vogl is 2012 winner of the Catlin Art Prize, London. For more information, please visit www.juliavogl.com.
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