Cyclorama

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Client: UCF Art in State Buildings

Location: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $130,000

Project Team

Artist

Joe O'Connell

Creative Machines

Artist

Creative Machines

Creative Machines

Artist

Blessing Hancock

Skyrim Studio Inc.

Overview

Cyclorama is a series of sculptures placed between the Theater and Music buildings on the University of Central Florida campus. ​During the day, the bright red powder coating makes the sculptures contrast against the green lawn and surrounding trees. Each sculpture is illuminated by LED lighting. The LEDs, located below the sculptures, emit a tremendous amount of light and cast sharp colored shadows of the sculptures and people sitting or wandering through the artwork onto trees and nearby buildings. As people move among the sculptures their shadows move through the trees and are visible from hundreds of yards away, thereby activating a much larger space than the sculptures themselves occupy.

Goals

The sculptures create a gathering space for social interaction for students, faculty, and visitors. Upon close inspection, visitors can see that the pieces are assembled from shapes and forms that tell archetypal stories in an abstract way. The sculptures mimic the implicit nature of stories by cutting up and pinning together different elements to create new narratives.

Process

Cyclorama was a collaboration between Joe O'Connell, Creative Machines, and Blessing Hancock.

Additional Information

Location: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL ​Dimensions: 8' x 6' x 6' typical - 4 sculptures total ​Media: stainless steel, LED lighting, custom LED fixtures