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.
Bridging the Atlantic, a parallel installation is currently in planning for Dresden, Germany in 2013, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Dresden and Columbus as “sister cities.” The Columbus installation — seen in these photos — opened on February 1, 2012.
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.”
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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All photos © Craig Collins unless otherwise noted.