Artist Therese Lahaie celebrates the completion and national design award for public art work “Crossing Signal Mosaic”
Emeryville, California. (December 9, 2015) – LuciteLux today announced that “Crossing Signal Mosaic”, a light sculpture installation in Emeryville, is the winner of its third annual JUST IMAGINE Awards. Part of the City of Emeryville Art in Public Places Program, “Crossing Signal Mosaic” by artist Therese Lahaie integrates LuciteLux Acrylic, along with programmed LED technology.
Lahaie completed the project in 2015 at Parc on Powell Apartments. In a competitive housing market, developer Equity Residential wanted a dynamic work of art that would infuse life into its building and attract young renters. The City of Emeryville Art in Public Places Committee sought an installation that would combine art and technology to reflect a focus on neighboring businesses and companies.
For over 30 years, Lahaie has designed with light and glass. Due to the scale, weight, and code restrictions associated with this project, she had to consider new diffuser materials. She discovered LuciteLux® and knew the acrylic would fit the constraints without compromising her vision.
“When I began research for the project, my video documentation of the saturated colors and rhythms of the pedestrian crossing signals were the most compelling images,” said Lahaie. “In ‘Crossing Signal Mosaic’ I decided to transform the ordinary iconography of these traffic signals by creating a conversation with the adjacent intersection and inviting a playful interaction between the signals and viewers. The crossing signals characters in the sculpture can be whatever color they want, and they can wave and dance.
The JUST IMAGINE Awards celebrate designers who embrace the originality of working with, and creating light sculpture, using LuciteLux® acrylic. This award recognizes a designer’s achievement in their field and celebrates their distinctive contribution to the world of design using the material.
Lahaie worked with Milwaukee-based Sign Effectz AFX for the fabrication of her award-winning light sculpture, with engineering support from Artifacts.
As the winner of the JUST IMAGINE Awards 2015, LuciteLux® will celebrate Lahaie with a high-profile promotional campaign that includes a full-page spread in Architectural Record and the ‘making of’ a documentary-style video about her work and artistic vision.