The Black House

Submitted by Darcy Meeker

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Client: The Alexander Black House

Location: Blacksburg, VA, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team

Industry Resource

Chris Angileri

ThankQ tech

Artist

Darcy Meeker

Darcy Meeker Fine Art

Public Art Agent

Black House Museum and Cultural Foundation

Alexander Black House and Cultural Center

Artist

The Color Project TM

The Color Project TM research - design - fabrication

Overview

The Color Project TM presents an art experience of projective, refractive, reflective and absorptive light at the Alexander Black House and Cultural Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. Our installation includes indoor and outdoor Lollipops, Benches, Interstellar Light Henges, solar LED lighting and The Chromilluminator. Design and fabrication of the installation was a year-long endeavor. Highlights of the exhibition include visits from Virginia Tech family and friends during May graduation week, when Blacksburg experiences an influx of upward of 100,000 visitors, a May live-streaming tour presented for International Sculpture Day, and presentations for Blacksburg Art Walks.

Goals

We are launching a promotional package for episodic rental of The Color Project TM Kinetic Light Experience. Our goal is a STEAM-based modular public art experience. We will prepare a brochure with each available component explaining its functions. Intended markets include hospitals, museums, schools, libraries and festivals. We employed the Black House exhibit as an opportunity for photo and video, compatibility and placement of components, receptivity in public spaces and pricing.

Process

Darcy Meeker, artist and founder of The Color Project TM, has been expanding her public art experience for more than 20 years. As our creative director she supplies us with an endless stream of ideas. Elizabeth Shukwit, artistic director, is focused on RFPs and RFQs for public art and assists in fabrication (she is known as the paint and polymer girl). We do all of our web design, graphic design, software programming, systems design, digital light art and videography editing in-house thanks to Chris Angileri. Our lead artist and fabricator Cameron Stallings airbrushes all of our public art structures. Brett Nichols fabricates in conjunction with Cameron and Lara Miller is studio assistant to Darcy. Jim Pease, our Ph.D. grant writer, is instrumental in keeping our feet grounded in the business challenges of art.
Our dedication to creating public art experiences that inspire curiosity and deep appreciation of each other’s creative talents has made for a successful and fun collaboration.