Darkness Descends Slowly; Light Wraps Itself Around Us was conceived as a response to the tremendous outward expression of energy, light and sound at the large scale festival, Aurora Dallas. The installation was intentionally sited adjacent to the Crow Collection of Asian Art to echo the museum's works of art of the Buddha and the ritualized and meditative practices inherent in the outdoor sculpture, Sweepers. In the month leading up to the Festival, I worked with students in the art program at University of North Texas teaching meditation and the practice of stillness. At Aurora, the students and invited yogis meditated in the outdoor space designed as a participatory, collective place for experiencing inner and outer peace. Audience members were invited to sit on mats, meditate, look at the night sky and contemplate their own inner light and how they express this light to the world. The installation included handmade white prayer flags screened with the meditative seed thought: LOVE IS HERE TO FULLFILL ITSELF AT ANY OPPORTUNITY. White is the color of learning and knowledge in Buddhism and if meditated upon, white can cut the delusion of ignorance and turn it into the wisdom of reality. Audience members were invited to create their own paper prayer flags as an expression of their inner light, which were hung throughout the space throughout the event.