PLAN 79: Article
The Festival's Grand Finale

Two Nights of Surprise and Delight

Thousands of visitors crowded onto the MIT campus and riverfront on two consecutive nights in May for the spectacular culmination of MIT’s semester-long Festival of Art, Science + Technology, a part of the Institute’s 150th anniversary celebration.

In the evenings from 7 – 10PM, the campus came alive with more than twenty illuminated architectural installations and multi-media public artworks, all of them conceived, curated, created and produced by students and faculty from the School of Architecture + Planning – a unique public showcase for the abundance of talent among our ranks.

The extravaganza kicked off on Saturday night with the inflation of Otto Piene’s dramatic SKY Event, two massive, brightly lit stars that rose into the night sky over Killian Court, and continued with a 10,000-pixel interactive display of LED lights on the Mass Ave Bridge, a 3D video projection screen floating in the river, a dynamic lighting installation that told the story of MIT's past by projecting numbers and phrases on buildings and much, much more.

Begun in February, the Festival of Art, Science + Technology featured an accumulating array of installations from our school that we have reported on before – see PLAN 78 – but the weekend in May featured several more, created specifically for the grand finale, and they were so impressive we couldn’t resist revisiting this story just one more time.

The photos here are just a sampling. To see a slideshow of dozens more, visit To see some beautiful videos: