Robots and lights and recyclable art, oh my!

Ever dream of catching a glimpse of a great and powerful Holiday Light Show like no other? Follow the crowd to artist Kenny Irwin Jr.’s Movie Colony East estate in Palm Springs to fulfill such a dream and experience Robolights, a unique and elaborate conceptual art piece. It is one of the desert’s most intriguing attractions and currently our nation’s largest residential light installation.

Awed visitors to this fantastic place stroll through Irwin’s sprawling grounds, past his house and pool. Along the way, they observe a plethora of curios, including otherworldly creatures made of electronics, machinery parts, toilets, etc., inflatable Christmas decorations, a moving children’s carnival ride almost entirely in yellow and a tiny pink building – Santa’s workshop? – that houses pink human skulls. As if to convince disbelieving eyes, guests snap copious amounts of photos of supernatural sights, their camera flashes contributing to the extensive light display. They might even find themselves taking a detour through cyberspace, as their own image get posted onto various social media sites!

While on their surreal journey, people just might find themselves using their brain to interpret its creator’s message, their heart to perceive the holiday spirit and courage to view some of the darker objects found here. By evening’s end, they will surely come to this realization: There really is no place like this home!

After a hiatus, the much celebrated and highly anticipated Robolights runs through January 6, 2015 at 1077 E. Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs. Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free, but donations to help cover maintenance costs are encouraged.

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