A magical, whimsical light-based installation has arrived in Teton Village this month to illuminate the year’s darkest nights. Sponsored by Teton Village Association and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, with project management from JH Public Art, this year’s GlowNights artwork – titled “Light A Wish” by the OGE Group – will be on view through January 17, 2023.
Make a wish before you blow the fluff from a dandelion into the air – everyone knows this game. OGE Group’s “Light a Wish” visualizes the moment the seeds disperse in the air, taking your wish with them into the world. The enlarged, fuzzy seeds (of which there are 10 in total and measure 2 meters in height) dangle carefully in the air and glow in a way that makes it look as though they are breathing. With “Light a Wish” the artists visualize the good intentions that we quietly release and (hopefully) encounter again in the future. In this way the illuminated dandelion puffballs are carriers of our deepest desires and dreams. In the old days, blowing dandelion seeds into the air was also done as a superstitious act: the number of seeds that remained signified the number of years you had to wait to get married, how many children you would have with your loved one, or how many years you still had to live. But before we can take a look in the future, we have to wait a little longer for spring.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS Israeli artist Merav Eitan (1974) and German artist Gaston Zahr (1975) are trained architects. While Eitan studied at the art academy in Jerusalem, Zahr studied at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus. In 2007 they founded their design studio OGE Group in Haifa and became the artistic directors of the Jerusalem Light Festival. OGE Group has designed several light artworks that aim to evoke an emotion from the viewer in a playful way, sometimes through an interaction of sorts and other times by recalling memories and experiences.