LIGHTNING DREAMS: THE ELECTRUM AT GIBBS FARM
PROD./DIR. ALBERTA CHU (2011)
As a young engineering student, Alan Gibbs was fascinated by electricity. Fifty years later, as one of New Zealand’s most prolific art patrons, Gibbs shares the story of his lifelong vision for a kinetic lightning sculpture, realized by American artist Eric Orr and high-voltage engineer Greg Leyh in 1998. Today, The Electrum (for Len Lye) is viewed as an icon of the Gibbs Farm sculpture park. Founded in 1991, Gibbs Farm includes work by international artists Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, and Andy Goldsworthy. Running time: 30 minutes
WORLD PREMIERE - BOSTON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE NOV. 7th, 2012
The film's world premiere at Boston's Museum of Science was a huge success; thank you to everyone who helped make it happen and all who came out and had a great time! It was great to see some of the "Lightning Dreams" Boston film crew: Eric Masunaga of Modulus Studios, and Composer P. Andrew Willis. Thanks to Museum of Science's David Rabkin, Lisa Monrose, Jennifer Garrett and Patricia Meegan and to Boston artist/inventor Steve Hollinger for making it all happen. Special shoutouts to everyone who participated in mad-scientist demonstrations and turned out Steampunk, and to our Steampunk fashion judges Tina Cassidy, Jill Palese, and Aricia Symes-Elmer. Thanks to Boston Globe reporters Ethan Gilsdorf for his wonderful piece in the BOSTON GLOBE (11/6/12) and June Wulff for featuring our event for the Globe's To-Do List (11/7/12) on the day of the event and to journalist Astrid Lium (@astridspeak) for our blog interview.
It was a terrific event. EVENT PHOTO GALLERY. The film was extremely well-received and was followed by high-voltage engineer Greg Leyh's presentation of his plans for the ambitious Lightning Foundry project. The museum's own resident high-voltage physicist Daniel Davis moderated a conversaton with Greg Leyh of Lightning on Demand and Survival Research Labs, and filmmaker Alberta Chu. Afterwards, Daniel Davis amazed all with his Theater of Electricity show and mad-scientist demonstrations. Several lucky audience members including the winners of the Steampunk Fashion contest had their 15 seconds of fame in the Faraday Cage.