“Breath of Life/Columbus” Click on image to enlarge.
© Stuart Williams 2012. All rights reserved.
COSI, Columbus, Ohio
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.
Bridging the Atlantic, a parallel installation is currently in planning for Dresden, Germany for 2015, to honor the 70th anniversary observance of the bombing of Dresden.
“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 water, and truly becomes an artwork on the scale of the cityscape.”
– Stuart Williams
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, 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, NEA Art Works.
All photos © Craig Collins unless otherwise noted.
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The view of downtown Columbus directly across the Scioto River.
Early twilight... just as the rising and falling waves of light begin to become visible. The lights were on from dusk until dawn each night.
(“BREATH OF LIFE/DRESDEN”)
© Stuart Williams 2011 – 2015. All Rights Reserved.
Kathedrale Ss. Trinitatis, Dresden, Germany
In honor of the 70th anniversary observance of the firebombing of Dresden, Williams will install “Lebensatem / Dresden” (“Breath of Life / Dresden”) at the historic Dresden Cathedral in 2015. Completed in 1738, the Cathedral is one of Dresden's foremost landmarks. Waves of light, rising and falling at the pace of human breath, will transform the facade, making it appear to breathe.
Says the artist, “Given Dresden's nearly total destruction at the end of World War II, I think the vision of one of its most important landmarks appearing to breathe will be extremely moving.”
During the planning of “Breath of Life / Columbus,” Columbus Sister Cities International. and Dresden Sister City Inc. flew Williams to Dresden, Germany (sister city to Columbus ) to research potential sites for a “sister installation” in Dresden. Planning is ongoing for the 2015 installation at the Dresden Cathedral.