Nova

Submitted by Christopher Schardt

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Client: Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution

Location: Washington, United States

Completion date: 2018

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Shannon Riley

Building 180

Public Art Agent

Meredith Winner

Building 180

Other

Erin McAnallen

Artist

Christopher Schardt

Overview

Nova is an LED sculpture with 21,600 multi-colored LEDs. It displays montages of photographs, videos, and generative patterns while classical music surrounds the visitors, who are invited to lay down and relax a while.

Goals

I installed Nova as part of the "No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man" exhibition at the Renwick Gallery.

Process

I created the software and the physical design. Most of the pieces are laser cut directly from the design, but a lot of assembly is required. I have a lot of good friends who help with this.