Paul Mantia’s designs picked up the light incredibly, and the dome lit up the night. It’s hard to capture in photographs how brilliant this dome was. You could see the glow walking down the beach, and you couldn’t help but be drawn inside, like moths to a black-lit flame.
The artist programming that Tico put into the dome activated the space in an incredible way. When I first heard how many artists would be installed, I thought that the dome would be too crowded. But rather than feeling crowed, the whole space felt activated. Everywhere you looked there was something amazing to see, and the art in the dome continuously expanded as paintings were added to, people were body painted, and crowds flowed in and out of the dome.
There was never a point in time where this dome wasn’t packed. People were awestruck by the goings-on of this space, and it was filled to the gills with happy, engaged people.
It’s really rare when we set up installations like these that we don’t have to manage at least something throughout the festival. But these artists ran it like clockwork, and the only time we had to visit was to enjoy it ourselves.
The use of one of our domes like this was so inspiring. They are meant as containers for art, and this one was completely filled in the most amazing way possible. We were so inspired by being able to make a structure for these artists that allowed space for them to create something truly magical.