Tuesday, July 31, 2012


July 4th at U. Del
This year Independence Day fell during the week I moved. Surrounded by unfamiliar faces at a Turkish/Brazilian cook out, I might have been the only American at the celebration.  Luckily on the 4th, the fireworks provide a few moments of solidarity for all.  The mix of a humid starry night, the BOOM of the explosives, the 'oohs and aahhs' lighting every face, knit us together with shared excitement. So even though I was among relative strangers, I was with friends.

At the same time Bruce Munro's "Light" exhibit was opening at Longwood.  The installation harnesses light through fiber optics and LEDs, channeling their energy into tubes and bulbs that set a whole meadow aglow. Twinkling, they make a bright, candied wonderland meandering through the parts of Longwood that are usually dark and closed off at night.

Not long after Light, I got to see Longwood's highly acclaimed Fireworks & Fountains show.  The main fountain garden at Longwood was first turned on in 1931 by the garden's creator and founder, Pierre duPont.  Today the fountains boast the same colorful lights from Pierre's time, and can fly 50 feet into the air!  Side by side, sharing the sky, the fire and water are a sight to behold.  Like nothing I have seen before, each element enhances the other's power.

Bruce Munro's "Light" 
In all these displays a collaborative attitude makes it so that presumably opposite elements are juxtaposed, creating a startling and breathtaking effect--the whole really is a sum of its parts.  This is a BIG synergistic idea.  In order to have a sustainable enterprise, we first look at our elements, we coordinate ourselves to focus on a common goal.  Then we create the steps to get there.  In a small way each of these displays is an example of this philosophy.  It is interesting to note that you only see the beauty of the lights, when it's dark...Coupled together the strongest forces might destroy one another or they might become allies.   An innovative idea- brilliant and simple... Like a light bulb!

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