Undercurrent

Submitted by CLB Architects

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Client

Location: Jackson, WY, United States

Completion date: 2020

Project Team

Principal Architect

Eric Logan

CLB Architects

Architect

Leo Naegele

CLB Architects

Architect

Jeffrey Johnston

CLB Architects

Architect

Brent Sikora

CLB Architects

KL&A

HELIUS Lighting

New West Building Co.

Overview

GLOW Nights, an annual event organized by Jackson Hole Public Art, showcases original illuminated art works around the valley. The intention of the temporary exhibition is to bring moments of light and interest to the long winter nights.

Goals

GLOW Nights, an annual event organized by Jackson Hole Public Art, showcases original illuminated art works around the valley. The intention of the temporary exhibition is to bring moments of light and interest to the long winter nights.

Undercurrent was CLB’s fourth GLOW entry and manifested itself as a field of individual elements that together created a singular, habitable form. The top of each piece was painted with reflective paint and rolled in fine glass beads that worked together to create an illuminated canopy. 300+ pieces of #5 rebar, a common and inexpensive building material, were hammer drilled two feet into the ground and projected 12′ above the ground. The installation took the shape of a square with a path and inner void that allowed visitors to inhabit and walk beneath the swaying canopy of light. The installation’s form was a response to power lines buried beneath it – the pathway through the center follows the path of the utilities, safely avoiding them while providing access to a central void.

Undercurrent was illuminated by LED spotlights around its perimeter, carefully aimed to maximize reflection back to viewers along East Broadway Avenue, a major artery for the Town of Jackson.