BREATH OF LIFE / COLUMBUS Click on image to enlarge.
COSI, Columbus, Ohio
© Stuart Williams 2012. All rights reserved.
The facade of an historic building in Columbus, Ohio is temporarily transformed with light… making it appear to be “slowly breathing,” as though it's in a relaxed state of Zen-like meditation. Waves of light, rising and falling at the pace of human breath, create the visual impression of respiration. All lighting is computer-controlled, energy-efficient LED technology.
Said the artist, “with its sweeping presence reflecting in the Scioto River, the illuminated facade — animated with rising and falling waves of light — faces downtown Columbus immediately across the river and becomes an artwork on the scale of the cityscape.”
Bridging the Atlantic, a parallel installation is currently in planning for Dresden, Germany in 2015 (Columbus and Dresden are sister cities). Williams will install “Lebensatem / Dresden” (“Breath of Life / Dresden”) at the historic Dresden Cathedral to honor the 70th anniversary observance of the firebombing of Dresden. The Dresden Cathedral was completed in 1738, and is one of Dresden’s foremost historic landmarks. It was destoyed in World War II, then rebuilt — stone by stone — in the 1980s.
Commissioned by: Columbus Public Art 2012
City of Columbus, Columbus Art Commission, Columbus Museum of Art, Experience Columbus, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Capital Crossroads SID, The Ohio State University, Otterbein University, and 200Columbus The Bicentennial.
Collaborators and Sponsors:
COSI (Center of Science & Industry), The Ohio State University, Dresden Sister City, Inc. & Columbus Sister Cities International, Columbus Landmarks Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Capital Crossroads SID, Vincent Lighting, The Westin Great Southern Hotel, and NEA Art Works.
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