Diamond Matrix

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Client: New York Police Academy, Queens

Location: New York, NY, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $400,000

Project Team

Artist

Erwin Redl

Paramedia LLC

Art Consultant

Sara Reisman

Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation

Overview

Light Installation with 410 suspended light panels with acrylic and programmed RGB LED-lights. 50' W x 54' H x 24' ft D [15.2m x 16.5m x 7.3m].
Public Agency: New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Percent for Art Program.
Building architect: Perkins Will.

Goals

By placing the 410 light panels in five layers aligned with the façade’s diamond grid, a stunning scenario unfolds throughout the atrium’s gigantic volume. Individual light panels slowly change color in synchronicity, rendering space as a palpable experience.

During the day, the light of the panels interacts with the sunlight streaming into the atrium through the south façade. Subtle changes of the ambient light level caused by clouds or the slow, dramatic changes during dusk and dawn are reflected by the abstract animations displayed in the light panel array.

Process

The commission was awarded after a competition by invitation. Design and engineering was done by the artist. On-site installation was executed by the artist's technicians.