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Columbia Springs presents “ReLit” Upcycled Lighting Festival, Aug. 19-Sept. 10
September 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, repeating until September 10, 2021
ReLit is an upcycled lighting festival that showcases the connection between environmental education and the footprint of the everyday “stuff” we all have. Giving extended life to unrepairable items is “full circle stewardship” and preserves the natural resources used to create them.
The Repair Clark County program fixes lots of broken items-over 700 items in 2021 alone. What about items that can’t or shouldn’t be repaired? Upcycling is a form of recycling that upgrades and extends the use of the item. Staff at Columbia Springs decided to put their ingenuity to the test and create lamps and lights from un-fixeable household items like blenders, percolators, juicers and other things.
The ReLit Upcycled Lighting Festival is a three week showcase of functional art. A self-paced walking tour makes it easy to go on a hunt for these whimsical art pieces and is a great family-friendly or date night activity. From Aug. 19 through Sept. 3, the lamps will be displayed in downtown Vancouver business windows for two weeks and then, from Sept. 4-10, lamps will be on display in the windows of the buildings at the nonprofit Columbia Springs, a 100-acre nature and environmental education center at 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway in Vancouver. To access the self-guided lamp tour, download the Geocaching Adventure Lab app and search for “ReLit walking tour” or visit www.columbiasprings.org/relit to access the map.
ReLit is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit. A silent auction will be open during the duration of the festival. Winning bids will allow community members to bring home a one-of-a-kind, locally hand made lamp while supporting Columbia Springs. The auction closes at 5 p.m. Sept. 10.