Public Art Project: Luminous Field

March 29, 2012  |   Feature,   News,   World
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In February 2012, Chicago, Illinois’ Millennium Park was transformed into a digital canvas of light and geometrical form with Luminous Field – an interactive, site-specific video and sound installation by Chicago artists, Luftwerk. Every evening from February 10-20, 2012, Luminous Field illuminated Anish Kapoor’s celebrated work Cloud Gate and its surrounding plaza with dramatic images and colors set to music.

Luminous Field by Luftwerk

Luftwerk is the collaborative vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. New media installations merge video and light with material, surface, and structure, shaping content into an immersive sculptural experience. Their work illuminates the realm of special events, live performance, gallery and public venue, in locations as diverse as MASS MoCA, JFK Airport, Emirates Palace, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House.

CLOUD GATE, a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, is the centerpiece of the ATT&T Plaza in Millennium Park within the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed "The Bean" because of its bean-like shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. Said to have been inspired by liquid mercury. the sculpture's surface reflects and distorts the city's skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and under CLOUD GATE’s 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch. On the underside is a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections.