Event Details

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017
|  6:00pm - 10:30pm

Big Bang by Plasticiens Volants - William Close and the Earth Harp Collective

Two stunning outdoor spectacles come together for one unforgettable 2017 Artpark Season finale!


5pm Amphitheater gates open
6pm William Close and the Earth Harp Collective
8:30pm BIG BANG by Plasticiens Volants*
**JUST ADDED 9:30pm Illuminated Encore: William Close and the Earth Harp Collective 

All times, performers and date subject to change. Rain date for this event is September 3, 2017. 


Please note that the Earth Harp performances will take place on the Amphitheater stage. Patrons will be lead a short walk to the Fisherman Parking area where BIG BANG will be performed (Click for Map and will be available at the event). 

Comfortable shoes are recommended as BIG BANG is an aerial performance and is meant to be enjoyed by standing, walking and interacting beneath the inflatables. Picture taking is welcome!

Courtesy seating will be available on a limited first come, first serve basis to those with a physical need. Brought your own chair? There will be a limited designated area for guests to set up their chairs too. 


As seen at Coachella, Burning Man and on NBC's America's Got Talent, the world renowned installation artist, musician William Close will perform with his Earth Harp Collective on the newly extended Earth Harp, now featuring 24-36 strings sailing above the audience.


Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? These are the questions posed by BIG BANG, providing only one answer: We are not sure of anything! The soaring story of BIG BANG combines huge floating inflatable creatures with projected images, music, and pyrotechnics to tell an unforgettable, dreamlike story.


William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Exploring the intersection of architecture and music, you will literally sit inside the belly of the harp as it is played. With strings that can be 1,000 feet long, the body sits onstage with strings that shoot out over your heads to the back of the venue.
The concert will feature a mix of new compositions and well loved classics. An ensemble of musicians performing on William Close’s self-invented sculptural instruments including Drum Sculptures, Aquatar and wearable drum jacket creates the ultimate multi-dimensional concert experience.

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BIG BANG BY Plasticiens Volants

At 8:30pm Artpark will present BIG BANG, the U.S. premiere of Plasticiens Volants, a jaw-dropping spectacle by a French street theatre company that has captivated audiences worldwide for forty years. 

The aerial performance translates the scientific theory of the creation of the universe into a poetical tale.

“I believe the common ground between the scientists and the artists is in Imagination. While using different tools, both are bound by the common goal: to know and understand the world.” Marc Bureau, the author of Big Bang.


Plasticiens Volants have awed audiences from over five continents; at the Olympic Games in Sochi and Rio, and festivals from Canada to Australia—yet they have never performed in the U.S.

Artpark’s scenic location will provide a dramatic backdrop for the fantastic inflatables, and an exclusive opportunity for spectators of all ages to experience this unique performance never before seen in the U.S.

This is an hour-long performance, where standing and walking under the inflatables is encouraged and pictures are permitted.





On sale now!

General Admission (no chairs provided, 1 chair per person carry-in permitted only in designated area): $15

Reserved Seating (numbered chairs provided for Earth harp performance only): $35

Children 12 and under (General Admission): $10

VIP Tickets- $125* (includes sky box seating, catering by Rich's Catering and open bar by Molson Coors Brewing Company) Click here to purchase VIP tickets


By phone at 1-888-223-6000 | In person at the Artpark Box Office (450 South 4th Street Lewiston, NY 14092)
Box Office Hours: Monday- Saturday 10am-4pm, Concert days 10am-9pm

Ticket prices include Facility Fee; additional fees apply for online and phone orders.

* VIP Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 716-754-4375,  in person at the Artpark Box Office (450 South 4th Street Lewiston, NY 14092), or via check mailed to Artpark, 450 South 4th Street, NY 14092  (if sending a check, please write Big Bang VIP Party in the subject line with # of tickets)


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