Client: Broward County Florida
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $35,000
Sri Prabha Artlab
Broward County Cultural Division Public Art and Design Administrator
Video Art, mixed media, artifacts,LED lighting and electronics. Governmental Center Building,Fort Lauderdale,FL
I wanted to bring elements of nature from Broward County into the building to enhance a sense of belonging and emotional well being. The video light pillars are windows to the natural world by showing elements of nature with video, sound, lighting, and actual artifacts. The pillars provide a sense of the natural wonders we have right in our own backyard by reminding and showing moving images of the flora and fauna in Broward County. Poetic visions of our natural wonders are presented in extremely slow motion so one can view the motion of waves, the fluttering wings of bees and the flight of birds. Each video light pillar exudes warmth and wellbeing with soothing sounds and appropriate video imagery. This is complimented with natural artifacts inset into the pillars including urchins, sand dollars, sea grape leaves, and assorted seeds. The video and audio were shot around Broward County parks and wildlife spaces including TY park, Tree Tops Park, Dania Beach, Hollywood Beach, Fern Forest, Secret Woods, Ann Kolb Nature Center, Lauderdale by the Sea, and the Everglades.
The 2 Led nature forms were inspired by the trees in TY Park and the ibis I see everywhere. The tree reminds us of the natural shelter they provide and the ibis a playful icon. I wanted to provide this element for children who visited with their parents. While I was filming at the various locations, I was continually reminded of the rich flora and fauna and its benefits to my own psyche. I see the finished installation as a regenerative experience that will connect people back to nature and remind us of what’s in our own backyard.