Images from Northern Spark. Max Haynes


Illuminated Reef

Daily from Sept. 2-3
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
$10-$20 donation requested
Art, Family Events, Music

Since its debut at the 2016 Northern Spark Festival, the Illuminated Reef has been a shining light of art and science. It’s all brought to you by the Illuminated Reef Collective, a group born out of a 2014 Barebones production, Metamorphosoup, that featured an undersea landscape scene. The artists decided to expand on the concept during Northern Spark, and have enjoyed wild success since, including a spot at Indianapolis’ IN Light IN Festival. Filled with lantern-lit sea creatures that guests can “pilot” through the reef, this interactive installation now holds court at Can Can Wonderland, St. Paul’s delightful artist-designed mini-golf course and playground. Made from repurposed materials and lit by UV lights, the Reef will come alive again during Labor Day weekend, providing spectacle underneath the water tower outside. Become a part of the performance as you “swim” your creature around the reef, accompanied by music.