Meet the Lightning Sprites –
Prepare for the Quest
As part of the Spring 2021 ARTifacts: Created at Home exhibition at Dublin Arts Council, Dublin, Ohio-based artist Matthew Mohr created a series of six, solar-powered, kinetic sculptures called Lightning Sprites. The installation was intended to acknowledge hardships, celebrate creativity and inspire the community for a new day.
The Lightning Sprites represent conjured spirits from a very real weather phenomenon, large-scale electrical discharges that can occur above thunderstorms, resulting in varied flickering visual shapes in the night sky.
Mohr addresses the human need to anthropomorphize “nearly everything” by viewing the six-inch sculptures as pre-sentient beings. The artist brought ordinary containers, jars and tubes, the objects we interact with daily without thought, to life, beckoning us to reconsider their roles and functions and how we move with them. Each sprite has character attributes and a backstory that ties its mission to a component of the collective experience and disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lightning Sprites will be hidden in wooded areas around Dublin and a quest, targeted for Fall 2021, will be launched for teams to unlock clues, find and claim the sculptures.