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Oct. 5, 2009 at 8:00am

First Night Nationwide: Inspiration from Other Cities

One of my favorite New Year's Day tasks is uploading my First Night pictures to Flickr and gathering all the pics I can find from celebrations around the world for the First Night Flickr group I administer.

Of course, Tacoma's party always rocks, but some of the other cities really put on an impressive show.  Austin TX in particular has some gorgeous visuals, their warm weather and large college population probably contribute to that.
First Night - Austin New Years 

One thing they do really well is set things on fire. This is the "resolution clock" from last year:

They're also masters of the group art project, like this "Dream Island" from 2008:
Zig Zag

And this massive installation of backlit frisbees:
Austin Funkadelic

Cold weather cities have it a bit tougher, but even in Vermont they managed to find a way to light up their chilly procession:
Burlington VT First Night 2008

We'd like to bring a little more heat and light into this year's festival, and we'd love to hear your suggestions.

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by L.S.Erhardt on 10/5/2009 @ 2:50pm
Burning anything is great.
No really, it's the primary reason folks go to Burning Man, no?

But yeah, anything enormous that would take weeks to make and a single night to use/take down is awesome.

What say we build a well-lit, white and ghostly replica of the Luzon bldg? Or a "sound room"... a big, huge room (I mean like the size of a gymnasium or bigger) that's all dark. You can have the floor light up as people walk through it, and make music!
...and for "floor lighting up", I'm thinking like the floor at the end of the 1980 movie Xanadu.

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/5/2009 @ 2:51pm
Actually, that sound room is a good idea!


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