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Curtains of light comprise proposed convention center art installation, "Virtual Sky"

Art could make sunsets an event at the new Oklahoma City convention center.

The Arts Commission is recommending a Los Angeles-based design team's idea for light curtains to fill the west-facing glass facades in the new building's north and south atria.

"Virtual Sky" by Susan Narduli of Narduli Studio and Tina Aghassian, a principal in Los Angeles with Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design, emerged from among four finalists for the $1.3 million commission.

It will consist of hundreds of titanium rods and LED lights, suspended from the ceiling in a three-dimensional array.

The LEDs will be programmable, capable of infinitely shifting colors, and creating a curtain of light at night.

Titanium will reflect light in the array, as well as natural light from outdoors, making sunsets something special.

In its presentation, the Narduli/Aghassian team said the piece reconceptualizes "the beauty and changeability of the Oklahoma sky."

The idea is reminiscent of recent public art installations in downtown's Arts District garage and at the car rental center at Will Rogers World Airport, but on a much grander scale.Narduli Studio's work includes ConvergenceLA, a March 2017 installation at Metropolis Towers in Los Angeles.

The studio describes ConvergenceLA as "a generative construct, fueled by data and informed by aesthetics."

It occupies an LED display nearly 100 feet wide built into the building's facade, and has its own website.

The studio says the artwork "explores new ways of storytelling through an intelligent platform that expresses and responds to the spirit of Los Angeles in a seamless fusion of digital content, public space and urban life."

Data is a component of "Virtual Sky," as well, collected from the city's open data portal.

A selection jury reviewed 90 responses to a call for proposals and selected four finalists for a site tour Jan. 22.

Conceptual design reports were received last month, and the Arts Commission met Monday to affirm the selection jury's recommendation.

The artwork is to be installed in the second quarter of 2020, as convention center construction moves into its final phases. The building is expected to be complete by Sept. 5, 2020.

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A Los Angeles design studio's proposal for art for the convention center consists of curtains of light in the glass facade overlooking the MAPS 3 park. This is a view from the ballroom level, looking west. [City of Oklahoma City]

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William Crum

OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman. Read more ›

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