The facade of an historic building in Columbus, Ohio is temporarily transformed with light… making it appear to “slowly breathe,” as though it's in a relaxed state of Zen-like meditation. Waves of light, rising and falling at the pace of human breath, create the visual impression of respiration. All lighting is computer-controlled, energy-efficient LED technology. LED lamps, digital controller box, electrical cable, wood, steel. 12,500 sq. ft.
The goal was to create a monumental public artwork in the center of Columbus, Ohio, interacting with the facade of an iconic Columbus landmark. With its sweeping presence reflecting in the Scioto River, the illuminated facade — animated with rising and falling waves of light — faces downtown Columbus immediately across the river and becomes an artwork on the scale of the cityscape.
City of Columbus, Columbus Art Commission, Columbus Museum of Art, Experience Columbus, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Capital Crossroads SID, The Ohio State University, Otterbein University, 200Columbus The Bicentennial.
COLLABORATORS AND SPONSORS:
Center of Science & Industry (COSI), The Ohio State University, Dresden Sister City, Inc. & Columbus Sister Cities International, Columbus Landmarks Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Capital Crossroads SID, Vincent Lighting, NEA Art Works.
Bridging the Atlantic, Williams was invited to plan a parallel installation for Dresden, Germany for 2015, to coincide with the 70th anniversary observance of the bombing of Dresden. The site is the historic Dresden Cathedral Ss. Trinitatis, built in 1738. Given Dresden's nearly total destruction at the end of WWII, I think the vision of one of it's most treasured historic landmarks appearing to breathe will be extremely moving. Dresden and Columbus are “sister cities.”
Breath of Life
Brief video of Columbus installation.
Stuart Williams / Artist
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