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Nightwood @ The Mount

November 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until January 3, 2023

One event on December 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Torches light the pathway through the trees in NightWood at the Mount.
Photo by Kate Abbott

NightWood returns to Edith Wharton’s gardens in an innovative and immersive sound and light experience set against the backdrop of her historic home.

Chris Bocchiaro, Clerestory Light has created an illuminated 3/4-mile route through the woods and gardens for an otherworldly experience that rekindles wonder.

“There is something evocative about being in the woods at night,” the artists say, “a connection to our ancient past, to old traditions and long-forgotten experiences. It inspires a host of emotions differing from person to person. We wanted to conjure those emotions using a combination of light, sound, and sculpture to evoke an atmosphere that stimulates memory and awakens the imagination.”

Nightwood will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday through January 3 and on Dec. 23.

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The Woods

The Woods is the introductory experience of NightWood. We proceed by torchlight through the trees, led onward by the beating heart of the forest. Glimmers of magic reveal themselves within an ancient grove. The woods are a place of mystery, concealing more than they reveal. They awaken our curiosity as to what or who dwells deep within.

The Eternal City

As we journey deeper into the woods, we find it is a bustling metropolis, teeming with life and energy! Delicate and ornate structures grow forth from the trees, swelling with the light and rhythms of this woodland population.

The Courtyard

We take refuge within the sturdy walls of the courtyard, greeted by a banquet feast of candlelight. All are welcome at the vast table: It is a place of community, where we celebrate togetherness but also a place of introspection, where we contemplate the ripples of an individual voice amidst the choir.

The Winter Garden

The Winter Garden provides a sharp contrast to the warm and intimate experience of the Courtyard. In this refined formal garden, we celebrate the intricate geometry of winter. We encounter crystalline forms and glistening spires of ice, pulsing with light and a shimmering, frenetic soundscape, evoking the pure beauty of a frosty winter night.

The Lane

The Lane is a transitional space, inspired by winds, ever changing in winter. Bursts of light and sound carry us along the arcade of trees onward! The wind moves sometimes slowly, sometimes quickly to opposite ends of the Lane, underscoring the unceasing and unpredictable movements found in nature both overt and subtle.

The Glade

The Glade is the climax of the NightWood journey and incorporates themes from previous encounters: Mystery, Community, Magic, and Change. Even in winter, even at night, the earth is full of life – sometimes dormant, sometimes moving just beneath the surface of perception. We celebrate the innocence and simplicity of flora and fauna—their inherent power, and grace.

The Conference of Trees

As the magic of NightWood fades, we exit through a dense stand of trees and find them in mid-conversation. For that is what trees do—they confer with one another through intricate networks of subterranean fungi. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, we imagine the voices of the trees, illustrated in the light and the rich sounds of the woods.

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Event Details

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Date:
November 25
Time:
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Event Location

The Mount
2 Plunkett St.
Lenox, MA
413-551-5111

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