ST. PETERSBURG — Supporters of the Lens, the proposed replacement of the inverted pyramid, have organized a free underwater light show and video art display to preview what they say can be expected if the new Pier is built.
The program, to be held from dusk to 11 p.m. today and Saturday, will take place at the Vinoy Basin, near Second Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive.
Besides the light show, video art from local artists such as Nick Hinckley, Carol Mickett and Kevin Hohl will be projected onto a wall of the nearby St. Petersburg Museum of History.
Organizers say the art display will demonstrate some of the ways in which the Lens' canopy will be used, as a backdrop for synchronized light shows, concerts and fireworks. Paddle boarders also are being invited to participate in the weekend event and are being asked to wear white for optimum effect.
The program is being sponsored by Wannemacher Jensen Architects, local representatives of Lens designer Michael Maltzan Architecture, and Deep Glow Technologies, a Clearwater firm. It also is being hosted by BuildThePier, the group campaigning to save the Lens' contract from being rejected in the Aug. 27 referendum.