Reanimation: University of Louisville School of Music - CODAworx

Reanimation: University of Louisville School of Music

Submitted by Rob Shakespeare

Client: University of Louisville (KY) School of Music

Location: Louisville, KY, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $500,000

Project Team


Dave Caudill

Industry Resource

Stephen Cotton

University of Louisville

Industry Resource

Joe Lenzi

Senler-Campbell and Associates


Dean Emeritus Dr. Christopher Doane

University of Louisville School of Music


Rob Shakespeare

Shakespeare Lighting Design


Charlotte Paul

Charlotte Ann Paul Stained Glass


2 large stainless sculptures with programmed light, a programmed light sculpture, 3 arcing benches of stepped glass block, internally lighted to project through mist illuminating overhanging trees.


The Reanimation of the courtyard was conceived to 1. Enhance the School’s ability to promote both performance attendance and development goals. 2. Serve the University’s goal of engaging the broader community and 3. Further the visual recognition of the School as an important contributor to campus life. Artwork was at the core of this plan.


The sculpture Effervescence was conceived to give the Schools austere appearance a more progressive face while appealing to the broadest range of music devotees. (The School subsequently adopted a cluster of the notes as a logo.)

In 2017, I worked with a team of Dave Caudill and Charlotte Paul who collaborated with me in proposing a group of projects focused on transforming the space and entrance experience. In 2018, the lighting of Effervescence and light sculpture Corona were completed. 2019 saw the design development of Fanfare, a large exclamation mark celebrating the programs and people pivotal to the School’s history. This sculpture is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Throughout planning, Dean Emeritus Christopher Doane was integrally involved in the evolution of the design, which celebrates the programs and people pivotal to the history of the School. The glass benches will be constructed in 2022-3.

Additional Information

The illuminated courtyard has become quite popular with the Music School community as well as visitors from the city's music lovers. Budget quoted includes the glass benches yet to be built.