The Illuminus Festival lit up the Fenway neighborhood on Saturday night as part of HUBweek. Now in its second year, the cross-disciplinary street festival brought different installations of light and sound to Lansdowne Street. 200 original submissions were narrowed down to 30 works by about 60 different artists, from visual art, to performance, to architecture, all on display around the Fenway Park area.
“The idea is to have artists intervene with public space and to take streetscapes and turn them into these interactive, immersive art installations,’’ said Jeff Grantz, Executive Director of Illuminus. “Make it so you can imagine the city through their lens.’’
Different installations included “Requiem for a Rhinoceros,’’ a Harvard-bred piece paying tribute to the white rhinoceros, one of the most endangered species on the planet. The display included a six-foot illuminated robotic white rhino.
The most noticeable feature of the festival, however, was “Waking the Monster,’’ a light and sound installation that incorporated nine percussionists, six composers and some 20 trombone players working with a collection of visual artists to help make the back end of the Green Monster come alive.