Passing Through Light

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Client: The Arts & Science Council Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Location: Charlotte, NC, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $170,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Erwin Redl

The Public Art Collaborative LLC

Overview

Light Installation with programmed RGB LED light fixtures
190 x 160 x 20 ft / 58 x 49 x 6 m (length x width x height)
Permanent Installation I-77 Bridge at West Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Price: $ 170,000.-
Public Agency: The Arts & Science Council Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Goals

The light installation for the I-77 Bridge over West Trade Street creates a volume of light in an urban area that was formerly seen as a barrier between the 3rd Ward and Biddleville/Wesley Heights neighborhoods. The public is invited to delve into a pool of light that dramatically changes the concrete and steel bridge passage.
The installation uses twenty long-range narrow LED spotlights to illuminate the steel girders on the underside of the bridge, twenty LED flood lights to light up the concrete embankment on both sides and twenty round LED spotlights to cast circles on the evenly lit concrete embankment.

Process

The commission was awarded after an open competition. Design was by the artist. Engineering was done by Barbizon, On-site installation was executed by a local contractor.