QUAD HELIX

Submitted by Lyle London

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Client: University of Illinois

Location: Urbana, IL, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $80,000

Project Team

Artist

Lyle London

Art in Metal USA

Architect

Doug Reddington

University of Illinois

Overview

The University of Illinois held a national competition to find an artwork to place in the atrium of the new Chemistry Annex Building with state of the art laboratories. I felt my series of double and triple Helix suspended sculptures were a perfect fit in this intensive learning environment concentrating on organic & inorganic chemistry.

Goals

The ultimate challenge was to scale the chosen sculpture into the limited space in the atrium to allow a maximum of color and viewing angles from 3 floors. The piece had to be visible from the campus area facing the building as well. The use of color shifting dichroic glass provided a constantly changing color symphony as the light changed at the atrium window wall. Additional RBW down lighting with a hand controller was integrated into the ceiling escutcheon to provide even more color variation during day or night.

Process

Doug Reddington, the architect who heads the Capital Programs at IU was a really competent and inspired partner in meeting the challenge of scaling the piece and solving the lighting component which was built into the sculpture suspension plate create an easier installation.