What's new at LIGHTSCAPES 2015


Thursday, 4/23/2015 3:02pm

Visitors to LIGHTSCAPES 2015 have lots of exciting new things to see and hear. Here is a rundown of the fresh sights and sounds awaiting visitors at the Hudson Valley's biggest spring event, kicking off May 1.

LIGHTSCAPES Artist Project: Local professional artists created spectacular new sculptural works especially for LIGHTSCAPES. These six pieces, constructed from recycled and repurposed items, join the menagerie of colorful creatures that honor Van Cortlandt Manor and its surroundings. (Pictured here is artist Elena Kalman's Caterpillar Head sculpture) Learn more about the Artist Project, which is made possible by a New York State Council on the Arts grant.

Hear This! Phish collaborator Steve Pollak, AKA The Dude of Life, and Charles de Saint Phalle have composed an original soundscape just for LIGHTSCAPES. Learn more.

Fit for a Fairy Tale: The new Colorwheel Castle celebrates the grand estates of the Hudson Valley like Lyndhurst, Bannerman, and “Carrollcliffe’’ (now known as the Castle Hotel & Spa), that tower over the Hudson's shores. This castle stands a majestic 16 feet high and sports a facade of color-changing exterior ‘’brickwork’’ made of 351 plastic shoe bins. Its “stained glass windows’’ are made from recycled jugs, and the Rose Window is a nod to the stained-glass masterpiece by Henri Matisse at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills.

Butterfly Bonanza: Our butterflies have multiplied with twice as many large and small creatures as last year. We have also added a new, 110-foot long arbor along the Long Walk, adorned with illuminated butterflies.

Metamorphosis: In addition to having a photogenic face thanks to sculptor Elena Kalman, visitors walking through the Caterpillar Cavern (umm, tummy) will find a new reflective interior, rainbow lights, and perhaps evidence of a recent snack or two.

An Army of Ants: Milk jug ants multiplied and are marching down from the Manor House in pursuit of the Caterpillar and his tasty treats.

Going in Circles: Colorful pinwheels are spinning their way down the hillside next to the marching ants.

Point of View: The LIGHTSCAPES Landing gives visitors a higher vantage point for viewing the Manor House with its mesmerizing “growing’’ vine and the field of tulips below.

Spring Blooms: We grew some more milk-jug hyacinths and gave them their own bed. They stand on 5-foot stems, and curve beautifully above our youngest visitors’ heads.

A New Arrangement : A LIGHTSCAPES centerpiece is our 18th-century arrangement with “freshly picked’’ flowers. Visitors will discover peonies, chrysanthemums, lilies of the valley, and morning glories tucked away along with a myriad of other period flowers, all made from recycled materials!


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