Lightstream

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Client: City and County of Dallas Texas

Location: Dallas, TX, United States

Completion date: 2003

Artwork budget: $1,025,699

Project Team

Artist

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Studio

Other

Oanh Tran

Ed Carpenter Studio

Industry Resource

Craig Marquardt

Industry Resource

Albina Pipe Bending

Other

Hanns Haefker

Haefker Studio

Architect

S.O.M. Chicago

S.O.M. Chicago

Overview

A river of light glows overhead. Streams of color pulse in waves of illumination. Floating lines in space suggest surface and depth. Tinted skies roll with swells of luminescence. This piece builds on the power of an extremely long space by creating continuous kinetic light effects along the entire ceiling of the Convention Center lobbies. Scores of floating dichroic “light sticks” suspended in an apparently random arrangement, create flowing pools of color on the ceiling. Lobby Light Sculpture, 800’ x 60’ x 20’
Computerized lighting, dichroic glass, aluminum, stainless steel cable

Goals

This piece builds on the power of an extremely long space by creating continuous kinetic light effects along the entire ceiling of the Convention Center expansion lobbies. By placing scores of floating dichroic “light sticks” suspended in an apparently random arrangement, flowing pools of color are painted across the ceiling, and a feeling of continuous change and process is created. Like sticks awash in a stream of light, they create a layer of secondary texture. Their randomness is juxtaposed to the order of the architectural grid, downlights, and suspension elements. Order underlies chaos. Crowds of conventioneers form an additional random element, further layering the composition.