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Annual festival brightens cloudy Portland nights; it'll light things up Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13.

PMG PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - The most attended event of the first weekend of the Portland Winter Light (non)Festival on Friday, Feb. 5 was the 'Sea Creatures' by Mobile Projection Unit: Fernanda D'Agostino & Sarah Turner, featuring a live musical score by Crystal Quartez at the Portland Art Museum.The Portland Winter Light Festival had to evolve in its sixth year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and government safety restrictions. It's called the Portland Winter Light (non)Festival this year and includes a series of installations, video projections and more around Portland, in which spectators can be socially distanced.

Photographer Diego Diaz visited many of the sites with lights last weekend and documented them with the accompanying photos.

The largest concentration of installations are in downtown Portland, around Pioneer Courthouse Square. Around the city, lights will come on again this weekend, 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 12-13.

PMG PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - The Morrison Bridge is specially lit during the Portland Winter Light Festival.A placement map is available at www.pdxwlf.com.

It's an annual program of the Willamette Light Brigade, which founded it in 2016 to brighten Portland's winter nights and show off cool light art.

Organizers want to minimize crowding; they ask anyone viewing the outdoor art to use appropriate safety protocols (such as masks and social distancing).

"We're honored to bring some bright light to our city just when we need it most," said Alisha Sullivan, Portland Winter Light Festival executive director.

PMG PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - Socially distanced people gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square for the Portland Winter Light Festival.

PMG PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - Attendees Kate and David love the Portland Winter Light Festival, Kate says. 'it's great to have this festival right after the holiday lights have gone out.' They are checking out the light instalation at Pionoer Courthouse Square.

PMG PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - This is the installation at the ZGF Architects headquarters on Southwest Washington and 12th Avenue.


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