Light the Woods with Sound

All the Beats 

The 384 neon lights, hanging from oak trees, are synced up to musical instruments like keyboards, synthesizers, percussive drum kits and theremins (an electronic musical instrument controlled without contact). The public are invited to play the instruments to create music that will be converted into an electronic signal that results in different colored arrangements in the neon lights above. “Nate Sheaffer’s neon and sound installation is an experiment in collaboration through the interaction of art and technology. Our community wants to live in a city where they can be inspired, collaborate, and share new and innovative ideas. This project gives us a new environment to think, play, and create together.”




First-of-its-kind sound and light show in the beautiful oak trees of Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix park! Watch as musicians produce beautiful music and neon lights dance in the treesLocal visual and neon artist Nate Sheaffer created 384 neon light tubes which will hang in the trees of Dix Park. 



The neon pieces consist of loops and coils that drip from the boughs; there are also glass eggs that glow and fade like fireflies. Though Dix Park Conservancy and the Raleigh Arts office provided the opportunity, Sheaffer has long been fixated on the vision of neon in trees.