Illuminate Lockport: Public Art Program Shines Light on City’s History


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LOCKPORT, IL – The City of Lockport is proud to announce the launch of ILLUMINATE LOCKPORT, a captivating public art program that will light up the façade of the Historic Norton building at 201 West 10th Street with a stunning 4,000-square-foot video projection showcasing the city’s rich history. 

Starting April 21st, visitors can witness the magic of local and international projection artists every week, Wednesday through Sunday, from dusk until 11:00 p.m.

The program will feature two captivating short films, “The History of the I&M Canal” and “The Reign of the Umbrella Man,” curated by renowned Chicago-based artist, animator, illustrator, and filmmaker, Eric Scott Fischer. Fischer, who also designed one of the iconic fiberglass ducks from the Lockport Summer Art Series duck program in 2021, brings his unique creative vision to Illuminate Lockport.

Local artists are also encouraged to submit content that celebrates the Lockport community online at, adding their unique perspective to this exciting public art initiative.

The generosity of donors and supporters, including Homer Companies, Walmart, Bettenhausen Automotive, Lockport Summer Art Series, and the City of Lockport, has made this ambitious project possible. There are still sponsorship opportunities available for those interested in supporting the arts in Lockport. More information can be found at

To kick off the festivities, the Lockport Summer Art Series will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony outside 201 West 10th Street on Friday, April 21, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. The evening will also feature the premiere showing of “The History of the I&M Canal,” “The Reign of the Umbrella Man,” and other community short films. As an added bonus, the first 100 attendees will receive a free LED foam glow stick while supplies last. All are invited to attend this exciting and illuminating evening in Lockport!

With ILLUMINATE LOCKPORT, the City aims to create a vibrant and dynamic public art experience that engages the community and celebrates Lockport’s rich history.


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