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Visitors enjoy artist Janet Echelman's installation "The Space Between Us," at Glow event that features the work of international, national and local artists on the beach in Santa Monica. Echelman's multi-sensory, immersive experience invites visitors to recline in sculpted sand forms as aerial sculptures billow above.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Jocelyn V., left, and her friend Kelly Leos wear glow glasses and glow accessories at Glow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Visitors experience Rebeca Mendez's installation titled "Circumsolar, Migration 1, 2013" at Glow. A giant disk of projected images features a sea bird that has the longest migration of all living beings on Earth.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Ted Werth wears a glow crown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Visitors wait to enter the Glowmasphere installation by Marni Gittleman.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Visitors interact with artist Karen Atkinson's installation entitled, "GLOWbal."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Visitors leave their silhouettes against a large screen coated with phosphorescent paint that holds the shapes of their projected images.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A man wears a glowing heart on his back against a backdrop of the Pacific Ferris Wheel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A visitor photographs a ring of fire that hangs above Mathieu Briand's installation "6:43 p.m."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Ryan Yoshihiro, 23, twirls glow toys against a backdrop of the Santa Monica Pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Visitors wait to enter the Glowmasphere installation by Marni Gittleman with Rediscover Center and Leslie Gray at Glow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Gianna Nourok writes on a screen with a flashlight, part of an installation by artist Karen Atkinson's entitled "GLOWbal."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A woman and her Chihuahua wait to leave their silhouettes against a large screen coated with phosphorescent paint that holds the shapes of their projected images.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Kids use the swings on the south side of the Santa Monica Pier as thousands of people participated at Glow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A visitor uses a glow hula hoop while another twirls glow sticks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Zarpo creates his own installation at Glow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Visitors climbed on top of a sand hill sculpture at Janet Echelman's the Space Between Us art installation at Glow in Santa Monica.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times

Crowds gathered around Marni Gittleman's Glowmasphere art installation at Glow in Santa Monica.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times

Visitors used a light source to project images of their hands on a screen at Glow in Santa Monica.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times

Visitors walked along the beach to experience Glow with the lights reflecting in the ocean in Santa Monica.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times

Visitors walked along the beach to experience Glow.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times

Shadow DJ Juanita Chase uses a projector to cast images at the Glowmasphere at Glow, an all-night artistic and cultural experience in Santa Monica.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times

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By Genaro Molina, Los Angeles Times

Photographers live for the light.  It inspires and nurtures our imaginations. And for one night every two to three years in Santa Monica photographers and visitors alike can seek out the light in luminescent public art installations at an event called Glow.

Santa Monica joins Paris for one night with the label “City of Light” in the Westside’s signature cultural nighttime celebration focused exclusively on original artwork. Glow, inspired originally by Paris’ Nuit Blanche, commissioned 15 site-specific, interactive art projects that took up temporary residence on various areas of the Santa Monica beach, pier and Palisades Park.

It was a photographer’s playground and I took advantage of capturing the experience in photography along with the thousands of other visitors at the event. One of my favorite installations was by the artist Janet Echelman titled “The Space Between Us,” which featured billowing nets hanging over visitors’ heads that would change colors surrounded by a base of sculpted sand dunes. The work explored the tension between weight and lightness.

Another interactive installation that had endless photographic possibilities was by artist Karen Atkinson, titled, “GLOWbal.” This featured a large screen coated with phosphorescent paint that held the shape of projected images. Every 10 seconds people would pose against the screen and leave a silhouetted impression on it.  There were profiles of couples kissing, babies being held up, while others did handstands, making for interesting shapes.

The event lasted until 3 a.m., but for many of us, we were just getting started.  With any creative experience, it’s always good to leave wanting more. It will be a long two or three years before the next Glow event and my advice to kindred seekers of light — as long as you have the desire to seek the light you will always have the glow of creativity all year long.

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