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Hopscotch: Light and Sound is Austin’s Newest Immersive Art Pop-Up

Hopscotch: Light and Sound is Austin’s newest immersive art experience featuring 13 unique art installations by a variety of local Austin artists, national and international artists. Curated by local entrepreneurs Nicole Jensen and Hunter Inman, Hopscotch recently debuted an interactive pop-up at 6100 Airport Blvd which will be in town until March 31.

Photo by Leigh Kettle

Earnings from the exhibit will be donated to a local art focused non-profit, and following the Austin pop-up, Hopscotch will open up a permanent exhibition in downtown San Antonio sometime in summer 2019. After my own experience at the pop-up, I already can’t wait to see what the permanent location will have for us to venture through!

Upon walking in, we were greeted by a large blackboard filled with lights of all colors. By the swift of a hand, we could paint with light through an infrared brush, and in the room that followed we could control clouds and weather by a pully. As we gazed up at the balloon-filled ceiling that beautifully simulated storm clouds, we heard loud (and semi-terrifying) screams across the hall and were immediately drawn into a dark room containing a microphone and large neon light fixture.

We soon found out that the light produced on the fixture could be controlled by whatever noise was recorded through the microphone, hence the loud screams we had just heard. Though I was too timid to fully scream into the mic, my boyfriend happily volunteered to do so as the room lit up with all different colors of the rainbow.

Photo by Leigh Kettle

Other installations that captured my eye include a room full of stringed light bulbs that lit up in different colors and patterns (it felt like an intergalactic forest) and of course, the Deep Eddy Ball Pit (a pool full of clear plastic balls that transitioned from blue to purple, pink to red). I had no idea swimming through a ball pit would still be a blast at age 27, but it sure was.

We wrapped up the afternoon peaking through a series of mirror-filled boxes that produced strange optical illusions that we could resist snapping some photos of – we were all about the ‘gramable moments at Hopscotch.

The event is open from 4-11 p.m. on Fridays, 1-11 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1-8 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $23 for ages 13 and older, $15 for children ages 4 -12, and free for children 3 and under. For more information, be sure to visit – you won’t want to miss this rare experience!

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