Olbrich Home Rooted and Growing


GLEAM, Art in a New Light features a local, national and international group of artists

creating light-based installations in the outdoor gardens and the Bolz Conservatory.

Experience the gardens after dark and be dazzled and inspired.

2019 Exhibit Dates

August 28 - October 26, 2019

2018 GLEAM Installations

  Reincarnature GLEAM  Reincarnature GLEAM


Welded metal framework / LED strips / plastic made from 100% recycled milk jugs / Sound system

Benjamin Smith & Riley Hays, Designers

Madison, WI


  Haven GLEAM  Haven GLEAm


Twine / UV-reactive paint / UV lights

Megan Mosholder, Artist

Brooklyn, NY


  Connection GLEAm  Connection GLEAM


Thread / Colored up-lights

Bart Ensing, Artist

Culemborg, The Netherlands


  Lasing Nang Talung GLEAM  Lasing Nang Talung

Lasing Nang Talung

Fabric screens / Laser lumia projectors / Buffalo hide puppets / Arduino circuit boards / Sound system

Mike Gould, Artist

Ann Arbor, MI


Prairie Cord GLEAM  Prairie Cord GLEAM

Prairie Cord

3D-printed ceramic bricks / CNC-routed wooden framework / LED strips

Brian Peters, Designer

Pittsburgh, PA


  Constellations GLEAM  Constellations GLEAM


Acrylic mirrors / Video projection / Sound system

Esteban Garcia & Max Carlson, Designers

Lafayette, IN


  Basics #27 GLEAM  Basics #27 GLEAM

Basics #27

Untreated 2x4s / Screws / Up-lights

Matthias Neumann , Artist

Brooklyn, NY


2017 GLEAM Installations

Awareness  Awareness


Fiber optics / Video projection / DMX LED / Sound system

Benjamin Smith & Riley Hays, Designers

Madison, WI


Cazadore  Cazadore

The Clearing


Acrylic material with fluorescent substances / UV LED

Rene Hildebrand, Artist and creator of the Cazador-del-sol



A Light Rain   A Light Rain

A Light Rain

Lasers /LED fixtures / DMX controller/ Truss structure & Drip nozzles

Mark Penisten, Designer

Madison, WI


Growth and Change   Growth and Change

Growth + Change

Plastic (HDPE and LLDPE) tubes / RGB LED tape

Sunil Garg, Designer

Summit, NJ


Unseen   Unseen


Wood / Resin / LEDS / Sound system

James Caldwell & Annette Czarnecki, Artists

Madison, WI


Electric Waffles   Electric Waffles

Electric Waffles

Aluminum / Minleon RGB strip lighting & NDB controllers

Paul Hayden, Exhibit collaborator

Hartford, WI


Awakening   Awakening


Aluminum / Side Glow Fiber optics / LED / Proximity Sensors

Leland Drexler-Russell, Designer

St Louis, MO


2016 GLEAM Installations


   Portal  Portal  


Tinted plexiglass / Aluminum / Steel posts / LED flex tape

Victoria Reed & Keenan Lampe, Artists

Madison, WI

Jonathan Adams, Lighting Designer

Twilight Solutions, Lake Geneva, WI



Dvēseles Dziesma (The Souls Song)

Projection / Sound system

Ted Brusubardis, Artist

Milwaukee, WI


Ignus   Ignus


Recycled plastic bags / Acrylic Worsted Weight Yarn / RGB LED spheres / Dimmable Lighting Fixtures

Katey Pratt, Artist

Fitchburg, WI

Dan Schmitt, Lighting Designer

Avant Gardening and Landscaping, McFarland, WI


Fire Monkey   Fire Monkeys

Fire Monkeys

Wire / Plasticized Painted Rice Paper / LED flex tape / Sounds System

Laurie Rossbach & Jennika Bastian, Artists

Madison, WI

Craig Kittleson, Lighting Designer

Kittleson Landscape, Blue Mounds, WI


Yahara   Yahara

Yahara Waters : Yahara Clouds

Fabric / Metal / LED flex tape

Lisa Koch, Artist

Madison, WI

Paul Ganshert, Lighting Designer

Ganshert Nursery & Landscaping, Fitchburg, WI


Gete   Gete


Fabric / Resin / Metal / Willow / LED flex tape

Brenda Baker, Artist

Madison, WI

Andy Smith, Lighting Designer

Independent Landscape Solutions, Appleton, WI


becomes a star   becomes a star

becomes a Star, where a star is magic

Wood / LED flex tape

Roy Staab, Artist

West Allis, WI

Jonathan Adams, Lighting Designer

Twilight Solutions, Lake Geneva, WI


2015 GLEAM Installations



Metal / Glass / LED

Laura Richards & Wm. Grant Turnbull, The Paradigm Forge, Artists

Madison, WI

Patrick Devereux, Lighting Designer

Stone Oak Landscapes, Milwaukee, WI


Murmuration   Murmuration


Sugar maple veneer / Steel / LED

Nadia Niggli, Artist

Madison, WI

Pat Blair, Lighting Designer

Blair Lawn & Landscape, Madison, WI


Tongues   Tongues


Cast Amber Glass / Metal / Fiber optics

Kristin M.Thielking & Keven Brunett, Artist

Stevens Point, WI

Matthew Hanna & Kevin Smits, Lighting Designers

Moyer's Inc, Stoughton, WI


Rearview Stream

Rearview Stream

Wood / Rearview / LED / Lasers

Dianne Soffa & Tom Kovacich, Artists

Safi Studios, Milwaukee, WI

Craig Kittleson, Lighting Designer

Kittleson Landscape, Blue Mounds, WI


Luminous Grass   Luminous Grass

Luminous Grass

Cedar / Exterior-grade mylar rice paper / LED

Aaron Laux, Artist

Aaron Laux Design, Madison, WI

Joe Hanauer, Lighting Designer

Landscape Architecture LLC, Madison, WI


Florid and Droll   Florid and Droll

Florid & Droll

Stained Glass / LED

Artist: Karl Unnasch, Artist

Pilot Mound Design, Chatfield, MN

Jon Adams, Lighting Designer

Twilight Solutions, Lake Geneva, WI


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