Zoo Lights Phoenix

Holiday lights

Oliver Endahl

This past Sunday we attended the Zoo Lights show in Phoenix  


I always enjoy going to Zoo botanical gardens that are decked out with holiday lights. On top of it being a good time to hang out with the people I'm with, it's inspiring to see all the different, creative ways the lights are being used. 



I'm a huge believer that you can be inspired anywhere, & by anything. Sometimes I meet people & they feel they can only be fans of things that are regarded as "very high works of art". Just because something has critical acclaim, doesn't make it the only thing you should enrich your life with. I love a good art house movie, but I also love a good action movie. I think it's very limiting to impose restrictions of what you can & can't enjoy. "Art" isn't just paintings that hang in galleries for wealthy people to admire, art is anything & everything.

People don't often associate it, but all movies, all music, all books & all photographs are art. Even the software on your iPhone is art. (Not to mention, the iPhone itself) 

There were several times I would be walking through the zoo lights show that is decked out with various LED monkeys, tigers & penguins, & have a thought like, "The way those lights are laid out below that dancing penguin looks really nice. I wonder if I could try a lighting set up like that" 

So if in the future you see a photo of an incredibly graceful, ethereal looking ballerina, standing on white lights laid out in a fashion that resembles snow, you'll know it was inspired by a group of happy looking electronic penguins from the Zoo Lights Show in Phoenix.