Sunday, July 30, 2017 | Newell Nussbaumer, Buffalo Rising
If there was ever a “Buffalo weekend” this one would bit it. It all started on Friday with the supremely magical event, enLIGHTen, at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. Buffalo Rising was a proud sponsor of the light mapping lawn party, which proved to be spectacular. Keith Harrington (Projex) pulled off a tremendous light show that attracted upwards/over 12,000 people (depending on who you talked to). The traffic at the event was akin to Bills’ game, with traffic jams radiating out from the campus once the event wrapped up – everyone stayed to the end.
Not only was the light mapping spot on, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra nailed it. All eyes (and ears) were on the BPO and the former administration building. The philharmonic musicians were fueled by the crowd’s energy . It was surreal. At times, I had to remind myself that the music was actually being performed live under an illuminated stage clamshell. enLIGHTen proved to be one of those events that spoke of this city’s ability to rise from the ashes and not only persevere, but glow and shine.
It was not that long ago that everyone assumed that “The Richardson” would be demolished. But instead of knocking it down, we now have a fabulous symbol of this city’s rebirth.
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