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Breath of Life Art Installation

Center of Science and industry (COSI)

Columbus, Ohio

Commissioned as part of "Finding Time," a temporary public art exhibit organized by the Columbus Art Commission for the citywide bicentennial celebration, "Breath of Life" was the brain child of Stuart Williams, who envisioned intermittent waves of light changing color while "rising and falling" smoothly and continuously, simulating the visual movement of a person breathing.

Projected onto the facade of the old Central High School/newly preserved COSI building, Williams called on Vincent Lighting Systems to provide the lighting and programming for this exhibit. Our team used 20 Philips Color Kinetics Colorblast fixtures, with a Philips Strand Lighting Palette VL for programming and a Cue Server to run the program.

Williams commented, "The relaxed pace of the rising and ebbing washes of light imitate slow breathing, as though the building were in a Zen-like state of meditation." The nearby Scioto River, which reflected the colorful, shifting hues, enhanced this art piece's dramatic effect.

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About Breath of Life Art Installation


Artist: Stuart Williams

Photos: ©Craig Collins. Used with permission.

VLS Team

Production Mgr: Randy Scheib

Programmer: Matt Klasmeier

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