Creator Discusses Meaning of Landmark Norfolk Light Display
NORFOLK - For the last eight years...Norfolk residents have been treated to a unique and memorable Christmas display. Near the intersection of US Highway 81 and Norfolk Avenue sits the home of Robert Schmitz...and his brilliant, multi-colored display featuring a heart with wings and the message "May All Beings Be Well and Happy." Schmitz says the phrase comes from a Buddhist prayer...and reflects his feelings on what Christmas is all about.
Schmitz: "I like the idea of an open heart. I see Christmas as a time to celebrate the divine love coming into the world and the message of Jesus."
Schmitz says the display features thousands of LED lights, and a frame made of pencil rods, clothesline wire and other household items. He says he spends a lot of time prior to Christmas changing the lights on the display to keep them bright.