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Photos: Glow Lights Up the Night in Santa Monica

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Saturday night Santa Monica was illuminated with the lights of Glow, the second installation of the free, all-night event that spotlights art, performance, and interaction by the shore of the Pacific.

Thousands of people turned out from sundown to nearly sun-up to see the one-night only displays of imaginative, evocative, and colorful works of art. "Glow is the only event of its size in the U.S. which exhibits only commissioned works for one night," explains the Century City News in their post-mortem on the event.

It wasn't all basking and relaxing, though, as there were long lines at food trucks and restaurants. The event organizers, however, made note of issues at the last Glow, in 2008, and adjusted operations accordingly. The result was a memorable night that was so very SaMo. Said City Manager Rod Gould: “Glow is what you might expect of a cutting-edge, artsy and youthful city like Santa Monica."

Here are some of our favorite photos from the night, taken by photographers who contribute to our LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr.