Downtown Gateway LRT Stations - Public Art Project
Title of Artwork: Luminous Crossings
Artist: Cliff Garten
Site: City Hall LRT Station (Macleod Tr. & 3 St. SE) and
Downtown West Kerby LRT Station (10/11 St. on 7 Ave. SW)
Luminous Crossings provides illuminated sculptures and architectural elements at each of the East and West Gateway Stations on the 7th Avenue Corridor. Coloured light is an integral part of the sculpture and it is interactive as the changing colours are timed to the arrival and departure of the trains. The colour changes will cue riders to the arrival and departure of the trains as well as create a common language for the light rail rider and an identity for the street.
Luminous Crossings refers to the interchange of people and events on the light rail of the 7th Avenue Corridor. It also references the luminosity of the sculptures in daylight and the cross curves of spectral colours that are part of the night-time LED lighting installation.
Cliff Garten has completed more than fifty sculptures throughout the U.S. and Canada in collaboration with significant architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering projects. Garten’s artistic approach toward civic sculpture explores the expressive potential of infrastructure. He places his sculpture within the everyday as a way to re-imagine how civic infrastructure might perform beyond its basic function. The diversity and depth of his civic practice testify to his mastery of increasing the sculptural expression of engineered public structures and places. By connecting people to places through sculptural material, social history, and ecology, his civic sculptures locate the latent potential within a public space.
Artist Budget: $1.8M
Commissioning Unit: Department of Transportation
Capital Project: 7th Avenue Refurbishment
Estimated Completion: Fall 2013