Experiencing Enid’s Sugar High | News

ENID, Oklahoma—Customers lined the sidewalk to wait their turn to see the bright and immersive new pop-art experience at Enid’s Sugar High.

Artists of all ages and styles were there to show off their work on the opening night of the exhibition’s surreal sugar dream tackling the modern world’s priority of instant gratification over everything else.

The installation is an indulgent treat for all, but also a warning against the constant sensoriality of this world that tilts us towards a mean, brutal and short state of being.

Jasey Groves, 12, interacted with the exhibit by writing ‘Before I die I will cause a ripple effect’, on a board where others wrote what they hope to accomplish.

“If you do something good for someone, it will always come back to you,” Groves said.

Besides visual appeal, Sugar High invites its customers to deeper and creative thoughts beyond themselves.

Large ants can be found foraging for sugar throughout the exhibit. Hollis Broyles, a 6-year-old ant collector, stood on a soapbox to ask the ants to stop digging.

“They dig for sugar and that’s why they grow huge sizes,” Broyles said.

Each room is filled with something different, created by a local artist, tied to the uplifting interactive theme that is Sugar High.

Sugar High will be open 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 1-9 p.m. Friday, 1-9 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday through May 8 at 220 N. Washington.

For more information on Sugar High, as well as a list of the many artists involved in the project, go to sugarhighenid.com.

Rachel J. Bradford