Public Art: ECHO (4th and San Fernando Garage)*Categories:
- Public Art
Artist: Cork Marchesci (2003)
The design of Echo grew out of discussions between the artist and architect and their desire to define the nighttime identity of the building and enliven the nighttime identity of the downtown.
On San Fernando Street, the vertical spaces of the elevator towers read as monolithic volumes of light in three colors. As one color slowly dims another color is brought up in intensity to fill the volume of space. The elevators themselves have standard incandescent lights and are visible traveling through the volume of color.Centered within the nine foot by six foot bays of the building, behind the perforated metal façade, are 24 three-foot squares of neon light controlled by individual random fading transformers. The rectangular mass created by the 24 boxes illuminates the building façade. The squares of light float, change color, and fade constantly, but subtly, create new patterns and compositions.
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