On Saturday, Sept. 2nd, two stunning outdoor spectacles will take place at Artpark, William Close and the Earth Harp Collective and the U.S. premiere of Plasticiens Volants’ BIG BANG. Artpark will be transformed into part of the largest stringed instrument in the world and provide a beautiful backdrop for giant inflatables to tell an unforgettable dream-like story of how the universe was created.
Here are 5 things you may not know about Artpark’s BIG BANG season finale event:
- He’s “Got Talent!” You may recognize the evening’s first act from the popular NBC show, “America’s Got Talent.” In 2012, William Close wowed judges and audiences with his incredible Earth Harp performances. He may not have won the grand prize (Close placed 3rd) but he is proud to be the first person to get a “yes” vote from tough judge, Howard Stern.
- Grand Spectacle. Plasticiens Volants, a French Theatre group famous for grand spectacle, has over 100-hand-painted inflatables to tell the story of “Big Bang.” The inflatables take shape of different creatures and planets/stars in various sizes up to 65 feet (20m) long!
- World Record Holder. William Close’s Earth Harp holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for “World’s Longest Stringed Instrument.” In 2014, the Earth Harp was strung over 957ft (291m) to the top of a Singapore skyscraper.
- U.S. Premiere. Captivating audiences all over the world at high-profile events including the Olympics Games in Rio (2016) and Sochi (2014), Plasticiens Volants bring their unique art to the U.S. for the first time ever!
- It’s Science! William Close plays the Earth Harp by running gloves with violin rosin along the strings. “You get a compression wave—it’s the same principal as running your finger around the edge of a wine glass,” he says. You just may learn something about the creation of the universe as Plastciens Volants combine huge floating inflatable creatures, projected images, music, and pyrotechnics to tell their poetic tale.