Combining innovative light- emitting diode (LED) illumination and nature-inspired artistry, Sacramento's U.S. Bank Tower will feature a dynamic new large-scale architectural lighting facade. The massive light sculpture crowning the building located at 621 Capitol Mall in the Capital City of the State of California is the latest achievement and creative vision of renowned artist Michael Hayden. The sculpture is being enabled by Lighting Science Group, a global innovator in providing intelligent LED lighting solutions.
LSG and Hayden's collaboration is two-part, in the seven-story Lobby will be an LED lighting display that visually replicates the sinuous curves and rushing water of the nearby American and Sacramento rivers that wind through and around the city, called "The RAPIDS". When completed, the other display, titled "LUMETRIC RIVER" will cover the building's South-facing louvered top with a LED video projection of rushing river water that will be visible at night from miles away. The exterior lighting elements feature LSG's new range of high-power linear fixtures. On the interior, Hayden will utilize 200 of LSG's 20-inch-square tiles, (called 'Chiclets' by HAYDEN), coupled with LSG's proprietary stream control system.
"I've been designing lumetric installations for more than 40 years, and Lighting Science Group is an instrumental partner in helping to bring my artistic vision to life," said Hayden. "The Capitol Mall project was particularly challenging, and LSG worked closely with me and the building's management to ensure the results were just how we had envisioned."
LSG has a long-term creative partnership with Hayden, who is best known for creating computer-controlled "Lumetric" sculptures. Their joint efforts have produced such innovative "architainment" installations like the interactive "GOSSAMER GALAXIES" at Radio Shack's corporate headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas, which responds to the movement of people walking near it from all sides and is viewable from three floors.
Lighting Science Group anticipates that the Capitol Mall project installation will be completed by late April 2008.
"Working with artists like Michael Hayden underscores our core competencies, and we're proud to enable marquee installations around the world to advance the design possibilities and flexibility with LED-based products and solutions," said Govi Rao, chief executive officer of Lighting Science Group. "Integrating creative architectural designs with innovative LED technology in projects like "The RAPIDS" and "LUMETRIC RIVER" at the Capitol Mall is a great illustration of how this technology is changing the future of lighting"