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Arts and Entertainment

Glow: Santa Monica's Little Burning Man on the Beach (Photos)

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People surged across the beach in Santa Monica last night for Glow, an all-night outdoor light-art exhibition that borrowed bits of Burning Man, Hard Summer and food truck festivals. Glow, which in its third installment brought new works from local and nonlocal artists, attracted throngs to the beach, where there seemed to be just as many dead-eyed, Molly-addled youngsters as there were confused Westsiders. "This would be cooler if I was on acid" was a refrain we heard countless times in various permutations, both at the majestic centerpiece of the exhibition, Janet Echelman's "The Space Between Us"—an enormous net lit by LED spotlights—and at its more psychedelic works. The city of Santa Monica estimated attendance somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 people at the free event.