Pictured Above: Klip Collective, rem, 2022 and Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas, Arch II, Set II, 1995, aluminum, 144 x 132 x 156 inches, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier. Photo Credit: Ken Ek.
Grounds For Sculpture Presents the Final Nighttime Light and Sound Experience in Collaboration with Klip Collective
Wednesday, November 15, 2023. Updated December 6, 2023.
Arts News Now was invited to return for the Grounds For Sculpture’s latest press preview to experience the final installation of Night Forms firsthand.
Night Forms is a site-specific commission presented in dialogue with the sculpture park’s natural landscape and contemporary art collection and is running now through April 7th, 2025. Below is the formal announcement from the world-renowned art organization, including ticketing and timing information for future guests.
Hamilton, NJ — Night Forms, a site-specific multi-sensory experience, on view at Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) running now through April 7, 2024. This third and final installment of GFS’s partnership with Klip Collective brings back more than a dozen installations from the second season’s Infinite Wave along with a reprise of Froghead Rainbow, one of the most popular works from Klip’s inaugural project at GFS, dreamloop. The exhibition is designed to engage with Grounds For Sculpture’s art and horticulture collections and invites visitors to explore the grounds after dark.
“Night Forms was born out of a desire to build new audiences, engage our current audience, and promote GFS as a truly year- round destination,” said Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director of Grounds For Sculpture. “Over the last two years, we welcomed over 90,000 guests, of which over half were first-time GFS visitors. We are delighted that Night Forms and our partnership with Klip Collective helped us broaden and deepen audience engagement and look forward to embarking on new opportunities, exhibitions, and creative partnerships.”
Pictured Above: Klip Collective’s, dream.glitch, 2022 at Grounds For Sculpture. Photo Credit: Ken Ek.
Night Forms’ after-hours experience is a synthesis of light, sound, and video projection mapping, a process pioneered by Klip Collective. Each illuminated installation will offer a unique, layered dialogue with either an artwork or feature from the horticultural collection. Popular spotlighted sculptures include Bruce Beasley, Dorion; Isaac Witkin, Eolith; and Michelle Post, The Oligarchs as well as a favorite horticultural feature, the Red Maple Allée. The installations will be situated at intervals along Grounds For Sculpture’s Main Loop path and their patterns of light will be syncopated to original soundtracks by electronic musicians.
Ricardo Rivera, Creative Director and Founder of Klip Collective, commented, “We’re excited to return for the final season of Night Forms. We’re pulling together the best works over the last few seasons, including Froghead Rainbow and the retro video game-inspired installation on the Dorion sculpture. It’s a proud moment to reflect on all the amazing talent and fun we’ve had bringing this exhibition to life.”
Pictured Above: A collage highlighting the Arts News Now contributor’s (Louise Feder, Mandee K. Hammerstein, Amy Masgay) press preview of Night Forms at GFS this holiday season. Louise, Mandee and Amy especially enjoyed the endless photo opportunities, finding creative inspiration, viewing the daytime collection in a “new light” and forming memories. Photo Credit: Arts News Now
While viewing Night Forms, visitors will have the rare opportunity to explore the park at night. For those who wish to extend their exploration of the grounds, a digital tour highlighting a mix of 20 works from GFS’ horticultural and sculpture collections is offered along the Main Loop path.
Grounds For Sculpture is grateful for Lead Supporter Stark & Stark Inc., P.C., which includes underwriting admission for nonprofit partners who share community tickets to visit the exhibition. “Stark & Stark is proud to support the Grounds for Sculpture Night Forms exhibition. Art is vital to building strong communities. All members of our community deserve access to the benefits of the artistic, educational, and public programs provided by Grounds For Sculpture.” Michael G. Donahue, Esq., Managing Shareholder, Stark & Stark Inc., P.C.
The exhibition is curated by Faith McClellan, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at Grounds For Sculpture.
Klip Collective, Be Seeing You, and Grounds For Sculpture Maple Allée, photo: Ken Ek
Night Forms is supported by Lead Supporter Stark & Stark Inc., P.C., and the following exhibition supporters: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Capital Health, Chubb, Gallagher, Geoscape Solar, NJM Insurance Group, NRG Energy, Oliver Construction Enterprises, and PSE&G. Support is provided in part by the Atlantic Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Pictured Above: Klip Collective, channel.surf, 2022 and Carlos Dorrien, The Nine Muses, 1990-1997, granite, 132 x 240 x 360 inches, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier. Photo Credit: David Michael Howarth Photography.
Hours and Ticketing
Tickets for Night Forms are now on sale. Night Forms is open Friday – Sunday, Sunset – 10PM (last tickets are available at 9PM). Advance timed ticket reservations are highly recommended to ensure entry. Reservations can be made online at groundsforsculpture.org/nightforms. Capacity is limited and tickets often sell out on weekends and holidays.
You can read Mandee K. Hammerstein’s Feature story from her 2022 Night Forms experience titled “Psychedelic Playground of Art, Music, and Light.”
About Ricardo Rivera and Klip Collective
Ricardo Rivera, Creative Director and Founder of Klip Collective, is a site-specific installation artist and pioneer of projection mapping. Rivera has directed several ambient light and sound experiences, including Nightscape at Longwood Gardens and Electric Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. As a Sundance Story Lab fellow and Creative Capital award recipient, Rivera applies his live performance and film background in the transformation of spaces, layering architecture and filling landscapes with light and sound, resulting in immersive, sensory environments.
Led by installation artist and projection pioneer, Ricardo Rivera, Klip Collective is a creative studio that uses a unique synthesis of projection mapping, lighting, and sound design to create captivating, immersive sensory experiences. Since its founding in 2003, the studio has collaborated with numerous cultural partners and institutions including Monument Lab, Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) in Montreal, Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier, and Longwood Gardens to present site-specific, large- scale explorations of perception and imagination. Through the creation of an immersive visual and sonic landscape that draws inspiration from—and adds dimension to—a space, audiences are invited to interact and participate in a dynamically transformed atmosphere.
About Grounds For Sculpture
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre not-for-profit sculpture park, arboretum, and museum, founded by the late Seward Johnson. Featuring over 300 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists in a beckoning, ever-changing landscape, Grounds For Sculpture combines art and nature to surprise, inspire, and engage visitors from all backgrounds in the artist’s act of invention. In addition to its permanent collection, Grounds For Sculpture offers exhibitions in six indoor galleries, alongside experiential art, horticulture, and wellness programs for all ages. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture is easily accessible from the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas by public transit and is open year- round. For more information, visit groundsforsculpture.org.
Advance-timed ticket reservations are highly recommended to ensure entry. Reservations can be made online at groundsforsculpture.org/nightforms.