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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — An estimated 50,000 people filled the Dallas Arts District Friday night for “Aurora,” a gigantic art exhibition that encompassed 68 acres of downtown.

The estimated attendance set a new record for the event, according to the AT&T Performing Arts Center, which presented the exhibition. For one night every two years, “Aurora” turns downtown Dallas into a playground of new media art, including light, video, sound, performance and projections. Six renowned artists curated the work from 80 international, national and local artists featured throughout the 19-block Arts District.

“‘Aurora’ has entered a new stratosphere,” Joshua King, a co-founder of the event, said in the press release. “The sheer amount of extraordinary talent drawn into one place for one special night is something you don’t see very often, and [it] continues to redefine the cultural reputation of Dallas in a major way.”

(Photo by Nathanael Rehlander/AT&T Performing Arts Center)

(Photo by Nathanael Rehlander/AT&T Performing Arts Center)

Projection played a big role in this year’s event. One of the major installations was a new version of a video projection by Leo Kuelbs, a German artist, and 3_search, an artist collective. An opera singer performed below images projected onto the Wyly Theatre, which made the cube-shaped building appear to rise, fall and contort. Nearby, artist Memo Atkin projected laser beams two miles into the sky, from the high-rise One Arts Plaza, which created music when the beams crossed paths.

Locals had a chance to shine too. In one area, attendees could walk down “Memory Lane,” a line of projected images of Dallas throughout the last century that were provided by North Texans.

(Photo by Nathanael Rehlander/AT&T Performing Arts Center)

(Photo by Nathanael Rehlander/AT&T Performing Arts Center)

The goal of “Aurora” was to “liberate art from space and disciplinary confines, involving the general public and the international arts community in an inclusive and larger cultural conversation about artistic experience,” according to the press release.

CBS11 featured live coverage of “Aurora” and created a special preview that aired before the event.

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