This year the city of Lincoln introduced a public art project to celebrate and educate the public about Lighthouse, an afterschool program that services to middle and high school students throughout the community. They not only provide academic assistance but also evening meals and recreational activities in hopes of increasing the likelihood of graduation. Artists throughout Nebraska submitted imaginative proposals for the 6 foot light bulbs and 68 were chosen and crafted for public display.
We have loved spotting them throughout the city and always scream “light bulb” when we see one. Early this summer, Noah and I went on a scavenger hunt date and found as many as we could and took pictures with them.
They are now being auctioned off as a fundraiser for the program (happy they have brought awareness but sad they will be gone). But last night, they had them all collected and displayed at Haymarket Park for a free family event and as soon as I heard about it, I knew we would be there! There were so many that we hadn’t seen so it was fun to see them all together and get lots more pictures.
They had a scavenger hunt for the kids with 12 pictures of part of the lightbulbs and we had to find each one and write down the name. Noah loves a good challenge.
He was very excited to talk to the artist of the lightbulb that was displayed outside his school entrance and find out how she made the pencils on it. We’re sad they are going to be gone but hoping some will be displayed publicly.
To find out more about Lighthouse and all it does for our community, check out their site.