Colorful lightforms resembling birds
Still from Thérèse Lahaie, "The Lightbird Migration."

Thérèse Lahaie: The Lightbird Migration

May 18 – July 13, 2024 | Dusk – Midnight
Gallery 1 Exterior

The Lightbird Migration, a video projection by artist and open-water swimmer Thérèse Lahaie, takes flight on di Rosa’s exterior, nightly from dusk – midnight May 18 – July 13. Visible to passers-by on the Carneros Highway, the work features light forms resembling birds in flight in a nighttime migration.

Taking inspiration from the seabirds she encounters swimming in the San Francisco Bay, Lahaie uses technically crafted optical mirrors to reflect light onto surfaces to create abstract shapes resembling birds in flight. As a long-time open-water swimmer, Lahaie tracks the tides of the San Francisco Bay and the seabirds she encounters on her swims. Originally commissioned by artist Jim Campbell for the Salesforce tower in San Francisco and produced in collaboration with Hanh Nguyen, The Lightbird Migration was born out of Lahaie’s concern for the effects of climate change on seabird populations: rising water temperatures are leading to cascading effects on marine ecosystems, one result of which is a higher frequency of mass seabird mortality events. Lahaie’s celebration of birds in flight serves as an elegy for those we’ve lost and provides a solace for us who remain. 


Related Programs and Events

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Suggested donation $10

Join us for an opening reception for Thérèse Lahaie’s The Lightbird Migration on Saturday, May 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Joined by the artist, we’ll watch The Lightbird Migration take flight as the sun sets over the Carneros Valley.

Held in di Rosa’s parking lot, the reception will feature beer from Hanabi Lager Co. and wine, available by donation. Food will be available for purchase from That’s My Dawg.


The exhibition is sponsored by KHR McNeely Family Fund.

About the Artist

Light installation artist and open water swimmer Thérèse Lahaie studied Fine Art at Emmanuel College, Glass Technology at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, and Art History at Richmond College, London. Her training led her to custom lighting design and an expertise in LED architectural lighting technology that continues to inform her fascination with the medium of light. Lahaie’s light sculptures and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and are held in the permanent collections of the Corning Contemporary Museum of Glass, New York; the Glassmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; and the di Rosa Collection, Napa, CA, among others. Her work has been reviewed in publications including The New York Times, Sculpture, the San Francisco Chronicle, Leonardo, and Architectural Record. Lahaie lives and works in the Emeryville Artist Cooperative in Emeryville, CA, a small city that supports its artist population.