The Herd: Luminous Beings Seeking Safe Harbor will be floating into Baltimore for the Third Annual Light City Festival in Baltimore, Maryland April 13 – 21. It will be on view in the Baltimore Harbor between Piers 5 and 6.

The Herd is a tribute to all the citizens of Baltimore City who continue to hope for a healthy city and healthy waterways. The Herd is a cluster of 375 luminous solar powered inflatable swim rings (designed by the artist)—similar in appearance to the floats used by swimmers at the seaside—laced together in a net to form a glowing multitude of creatures calmly bobbing in the shimmering ripples of the nighttime harbor.

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Your own Herdling.

The Herd inflatables will be for sale during the Light City 2018 Festival. All proceeds, after taxes and shipping will be donated to three non-profit partners: Waterfront Partnership's Healthy Harbor Initiative, the Baltimore-based performance group Fluid Movement, and the Living Classrooms Foundation. This ensures that the art piece will have a life of its own after the festival, and that the materials used in fabrication will be put to a good (and fun) re-use.

Waterfront Partnership states that its overall goal is to have a swimmable and fishable harbor by 2020. Boston, Los Angeles, Paris and other cities overcame sewer infrastructure problems – similar to those faced by Baltimore – by making large improvements in the health of their waterways. The Inner Harbor Water Wheel, casually known as  “Mr. Trash Wheel” (and later a second wheel, “Professor Trash Wheel”) and created here in Baltimore, has set an example that is inspiring other cities to try this innovative solution to keep their home waters clean.