Öndvegissúlur (Poem of Light)

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Client: Reykjavík City Hall

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $35,000

Project Team

Artist

Bill FitzGibbons

Bill FitzGibbons, LLC

Client

Reykjavík City Hall

Overview

Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light, (60’x125’x3’), 2010, Reykjavik, Iceland (temporary installation)
Computer programmed LED light systems
Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light was an ephemeral public light sculpture for Reykjavik’s Museum Night on February 12, 2010. The colonnade of the Reykjavik City Hall was lit and transformed the building into a spectrum of moving color. The light system’s thirty-minute program corresponded to a performance by the Reykjavik Choir.
Budget: $35,000

Goals

Poem of Light was the result of an invitation by the Mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland. It is a celebratory piece, installed during the middle of winter, as a way to kick off the city's annual Museum Night. The event was preceded by hundreds of Reykjavík citizens carrying a fire torch procession behind City Hall, around the lake, and back to the installation. The lights involved in the piece were turned on, and played a program that corresponded to the 125 person Reykjavík Choir.