Animation 1: The FIELD level is filled by a congregation of alligators, the residue of old forts leftover from the historical lonely frontier outpost, and “sticks of fire”. One story of the origin of the name Tampa refers to the term “sticks of fire”, in the language of the Native American tribe Calusa. The many thunderstorms in the region bring multiple lightning strikes, setting afire the abundance of kindling and sticks along the Hillsborough River.
Animation 2: The ESTUARY level is full of an algae bloom, in a stormy bay. In this level we find the pyrodinium bahamense, a phosphorescent algae. On a dark evening, this Pyrodinium creates a soft greenish glow when disturbed, lighting up glimpses of the architecture of Tampa. Created with swirling particle systems, the estuary is a storm of salt crystals amidst merging fresh and salt water.
Animation 3: The SEABOARD level is a cutaway view of a line of traveling sea cows. They each carry dangling glowing lanterns along with them. The sea cows are ships of the line, lookouts sighting for terra firma, a row of ponderous aquatic mammals continually moving forward in their shallow watery landscape.
"Lights On Tampa is a biennial program and a public/private partnership that opens the door for visitors and residents alike to experience artistic excellence and emerging technologies in the urban environment. The program's goal is to bring free access to artistic excellence to Tampa’s citizens and visitors through a unique experience. A blend of art and technology, the program features the talents of local, national and international artists commissioned by Tampa’s Public Art Program, the private sector through Friends of Tampa Public Art, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts."