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Richmond Convention Center

A glass bridge connects two blocks of the Richmond, Virginia Convention Center. The large form of the sculpture blends with the transparent bridge to create an enormous luminous gateway. Two 100′ long aluminum chords span from end to end of the bridge along slightly different arcs. Layered spines of dichroic and beveled glass are attached to the bottom and the top of the chords, overlapping one another diagonally and creating a tapestry of light, shadow and texture. Uplights placed along both window-walls produce rich combinations of transmitted and reflected light onto the floor and ceiling surfaces. The lights are programmed to ebb and flow slowly in intensity, creating an ever-changing series of kinetic “light paintings” on the ceiling. Dramatic views of the sculpture reward motorists as well as pedestrians and users of the Convention Center. Because dichroic glass has the unique ability to change colors depending upon angle of view, each vantage point produces its own colors and compositions. Crossing through the bridge on foot is a rich sensory experience, always different, depending on the time of day or season, and weather.

Richmond Convention Center

Interior bridge and sculpture

Client: City of Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Date: February 2003

Dimensions: 100' x 16 x 24'

Materials: Dichroic glass, stainless steel cables & hardware, aluminum, and computerized lighting.


Descriptors: Sculpture, site specific sculpture, interior sculpture, interior sculpture suspended, architectural sculpture, architectural art, public art, commissioned art, glass art, art glass, architectural art glass, laminated glass art, suspended sculpture, suspended glass art sculpture, tension sculpture, cable art, cable tension sculpture, art lighting, illuminated art, illuminated sculpture, night lighting art, pedestrian bridge, bridge, ceiling sculpture

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