A framework for site informed light art installations

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dc.contributor.author Mercado, Nicholas
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-27T19:57:58Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-27T19:57:58Z
dc.date.issued 2015-04-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/19162
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study is to investigate and design public light art installations. The investigation consisted of evaluating select examples of public light installations in order to develop a typology, and designing two site-specific light art installations: one in Wichita, Kansas, and the other, in Denver, Colorado. Though public light art is found in most cities, its potential is often lost or unrecognized. In certain cases, public light art can be ‘plop art,’ which is plopped senselessly without much regard to context or experiential qualities. This project seeks to explore the different types of public light art and to find what approach or qualities should be considered when designing public light art. My approach can be described as artistic research. The methods include an apprenticeship to an artist, a precedent study, development of a light typology, an analysis of site and context, establishing a design matrix for two design projects, and an iterative process of making. Each of these methods were undertaken in order to effectively address my research question: What type of public light art is most appropriate for a specific site and how does it relate to creative placemaking? This project overlaps with a collective project group entitled Creative Place-Making, which is comprised of other fifth-year master of landscape architecture students with an underlying interest in art and design as place-making tools. Each student in the group addressed the site in Wichita, Kansas in a unique way. I addressed this site as a temporary landscape, creating an interactive light installation intended to be in place up to five years. In contrast, I addressed the Denver, Colorado site as a long term landscape, and designed a sculptural illuminating gateway. Each of these light art installations were informed by a particular set of characteristics that make each design site-specific. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Landscape architecture en_US
dc.subject Public art en_US
dc.subject Creative placemaking en_US
dc.subject Light installation en_US
dc.subject Site informed en_US
dc.subject Installation en_US
dc.title A framework for site informed light art installations en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Landscape Architecture en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning en_US
dc.description.advisor Mary C. Kingery-Page en_US
dc.subject.umi Landscape Architecture (0390) en_US
dc.date.published 2015 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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