Jubilation Sculpture Lights up the Short North


>>SO, WE ARE HERE IN THE SHORT NORTH ARTS DISTRICT RIGHT AT 2nd AND HIGH. A LOT OF FOLKS KNOW THIS INTERSECTION AS WHERE YOU CAN FIND NORTH STAR AND WHERE YOU CAN FIND THE WHITE CASTLE, BUT NOW IT IS AN INTERSECTION WHERE YOU CAN FIND A REMARKABLE NEW PIECE OF PUBLIC ART. MUSIC IT IS A WORK BY A LONGTIME COLUMBUS ARTIST WHO HAS A REALLY INCREDIBLE REPUTATION HERE, LOCALLY, AND IS REALLY THE FIRST TIME THAT THIS PARTICULAR ARTIST HAS WORKED IN LIGHT WITH THIS WAY. AND LIGHT IS CERTAINLY A PART OF OUR LIFE HERE IN THE SHORT NORTH. THIS PIECE OF ART, IN SOME WAY, PAYS HOMAGE TO THAT, BUT ALSO THE EXUBERANCE OF EVERYONE THAT YOU SEE HERE IN THE SHORT NORTH.>>SO, I’M A PUBLIC ARTIST, AND THE WORK THAT I LOVE DOING MOST IS SIGHT AND GENDERED. FOR ME, THAT MEANS LOOKING AT THE SIGHT, WHO’S GONNA BE EXPERIENCING IT, AND HOW DO WE CREATE PIECE. HOW DOES MY PARTNER, JUDITH, AND I CONCEPTUALIZE A WORK THAT’S GONNA RESONATE WITH THE SIGHT AND THAT’S GONNA RESONATE WITH THE PUBLIC.>>WE WERE VERY INTERESTED IN HAVING THIS PIECE REFLECT THE JOY THAT IS THE SHORT NORTH, AND I FEEL LIKE THIS PIECE REALLY REFLECTS THAT BECAUSE OF THE MATERIALS AND BECAUSE OF THE LIGHT. MUSIC WE’RE NOW IN THE FABRICATION STAGE, AND HERE, WE ARE ACTUALLY CREATING THE STAINLESS STEEL STRUCTURE THAT SUPPORTS THE SCULPTURES’S DICHROIC PANELS. MUSIC ONCE THOSE PIECES ARE CUT OUT AND WE CAN SEE SECTIONS OF THEM, WE’RE THEN WELDING THEM TOGETHER. WE’LL SAND, FINISH, POLISH, AND THEN INSERT THE DICHROIC FILM’S PANELS. MUSIC ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY WORK IS THE COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE, THE COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE. SO, THIS PROJECT HAS HAD ON IT ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, LIGHTING ENGINEERS, LIGHTING DESIGNERS, THE FABRICATORS. THERE’LL BE PEOPLE WHO WILL INSTALL IT. ABOUT 20 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS ONE PIECE. MUSIC MUSIC THE CENTRAL CORE, WHICH IS REALLY GOING TO BE ENLIGHTENING AND JAZZING IT UP, ARE LEDs, PROGRAMMABLE RGB LEDs – RED, BLUEN GREEN – THAT WILL, THROUGH THE COMPUTER’S PROGRAM, PLAY WITH DIFFERENT COMPOSITIONS OF COLOR AND MOVEMENT. MUSIC>>THE PIECE IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT DAYTIME THAN IT IS IN THE EVENING. SO, DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU VISIT THE SHORT NORTH, AND MANY PEOPLE VISIT THE SHORT NORTH BOTH DAY AND NIGHT, YOU CAN HAVE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE IN VIEWING THE WORK OF ART.>>WHAT IT DOES IS IT BOTH REFLECTS LIGHT FROM THE AMBIENT LIGHT, AND THEN AS LIGHT PASSES THROUGH IT, IT’S ACTUALLY A DIFFERENT COLOR. IT ACTS A BIT LIKE A PRISM.>>SO, IT’S THIS COMPOSITION OF LIGHT, METAL, THE LIGHT PLAYING WITH THE DICHROIC, THE PLAYING WITH THE RGB LEDs, AND THE VIEWER. AS WE WALK IN FRONT OF IT, SUSPENDED 30 FEET IN THE AIR.>>THE PEOPLE THAT ARE UNDER THIS SCULPTURE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING A LIGHT SHOW THAT’S GOING TO BE RATHER HARD TO AVOID. IT’S GONNA BE REFLECTING ON THEIR PHONES AND THEY’RE GOING, “WHAT IS THAT?” AND THEY’LL BE LOOKING UP BECAUSE THE DICHROIC MATERIAL IN THIS SCULPTURE AND THE LED LIGHTS IN IT ARE GOING TO BE CASTING THIS RAINBOW OF COLOR. MUSIC>>THIS IS VERY NEW FOR US IN COLUMBUS. THIS IS A WORK OF ART THAT IS ATTACHED TO A BUILDING. IT’S A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT SCULPTURE. IT’S ABOUT 30 FEET UP IN THE AIR, SUSPENDED. IT’S ABOUT 25 FEET LONG, AND UNLIKE OTHER WORKS OF PUBLIC ART THAT WE HAVE HERE IN COLUMBUS WHICH ARE SORT OF TACTILE WHERE YOU CAN TOUCH THEM AND YOU CAN SEE THEM RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE, THIS IS SUSPENDED ABOVE YOU. SO, HOW YOU VIEW IT CHANGES DEPENDING ON HOW YOU MOVE AROUND IT. MUSIC>>ONE OF MY OBJECTIVES IN LIFE, BEING HERE AS A COLUMBUS — HAVING OUR BASE HERE IS TO BRING AS MUCH BEAUTY AND CULTURAL MEANING TO THE CITY AS WE CAN. WE LOVE COLUMBUS. IT’S A DYNAMIC, VIBRANT PLACE TODAY, AND OUR CONTRIBUTION GIVES US A SENSE OF FULFILLMENT AS CITIZENS AND AS PUBLIC ARTISTS IN THIS COMMUNITY.>>I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE A FUN PIECE. I THINK PEOPLE WILL ENJOY IT.

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