Night Forms: dreamloop by Klip Collective transforms Grounds for Sculpture landscape

HAMILTON, N.J. (WPVI) -- For 30 years, Grounds for Sculpture has been wowing visitors in Hamilton, New Jersey, with roughly 300 outdoor sculptures.

Now, you can experience the park in a whole new way.

A special exhibition called Night Forms: dreamloop by Klip Collective is transforming the Grounds for Sculpture 42-acre landscape.

"Through a dozen site-specific installations using light, sound and video projection," says Faith McClellan, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Grounds for Sculpture.

It's a multi-sensory immersive exhibition.

"A dreamlike experience. It's very surreal," says Ricardo Rivera, Founder and Creative Director of Klip Collective.

And it offers the chance to explore the winter grounds after hours.

"This is really the first time that we've done anything to activate the grounds at night. We really wanted to flip the script," says McClellan.

The visuals are all choreographed to original sounds and music.

"To kinda create this weird, beautiful dystopian, illuminated vibe," says Rivera.

"Each of the installations creates an opportunity to engage the viewers with our art and horticulture collections," McClellan says.

Rivera is the mastermind behind Klip Collective.

"Klip started in 2003," says Rivera, "You might have seen our work on City Hall during the holidays."

He uses what he calls Projection Mapping to create the magic.

"Projecting pixels onto an object or space," Rivera says.

The dreamloop project was planned pre-pandemic.

"Then obviously, the pandemic happened. And everyone cried, I cried," Rivera says.

He reveals the sculptures on the grounds inspired his creations.

"Frog Head Rainbow, we projection-mapped the statues in the back and they throw up rainbows," says Rivera.

The frog sounds were recorded on site.

"Very whimsical, very fun, very colorful," Rivera says, "some are pure light, and very meditative."

"Along our Maple allée, really amplify the architectural aspect," says McClellan.

"Some are kind of shows, the Glitch, it's very intense," Rivera adds.
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Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, New Jersey 08619
On display through February 27th, 2022 | Thursday through Sunday
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