Artists to take over Dallas Omni Hotel lights

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The Omni Dallas hotel is scheduled to open next month.




Posted on September 26, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 11:49 PM

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DALLAS - Those who frequently drive around downtown Dallas at night have already experienced the mesmerizing effect of the Dallas Omni Hotel light display.

From its "Miami Vice" neons to its rotating bars, the display of nearly four miles of light bars and one million LED lights is a sight hard to ignore.

If ever there was a time to check out the massive light show it would be tonight as artists take over the display with video and music. The "Expanded Cinema" event kicks off the Dallas VideoFest, which officially begins Thursday at the Museum of Art's Horchow Auditorium.

Artists will use the Dallas Omni Hotel as a backdrop for video art with artists that include Frank Campagna and Tim Capper, among others. The audio will be simulcast by 91.7 KXT.

As it may be hard to get the full effect close to the massive hotel, an official viewing location has been set up at an empty field at the corner of Colorado and Jefferson boulevards. It has been recommended to bring lawn chairs, flashlights and radios for the best experience. Practical shoes are also recommended as the area may be muddy.

The Belmont Hotel's prime patio location could also serve as a great spot to catch the visual show.

Expanded Cinema starts at 8 p.m. For those who do check it out, share your video and images on our YouNews page. We may share them on a newscast or on our Facebook page.