Sep 18, 2014
On the winter solstice, December 21st at 5:03PM, the central element of Jun's most recent public art commission will be illuminated with over 4,800 LED lights at a dedication ceremony hosted by the Lincoln Partenrs for Public Art Development (LPPAD) and the Lincoln Parks and Recreation. View full article.
After 5 years and countless hours spent planning, engineering, meeting and coordinating, Tower Square is completed. The final panels were installed this past Tuesday, September 16, by a installation team put together by Derix Glass Studio and Metallbau-Wimmer. The team worked on site for eight days to erect "Ascent". For more information, View Journal Star article
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"A column is a historically stable and visually dynamic shape with the obscured side always encouraging the natural inclination to move around the artwork and discover other perspectives and join the flowing movement stimulated by the paving design which emanates in concentric circles from the tower like a Japanese zen garden. The alternating dark and light rings of pavers are a contemporary and utilitarian rendering of the light and shadow created by the rake patterns that personify ancient rock garden design.
The glass panels that facet the tower carry a pattern of vibrant densely ordered triangles spiraling up around the tower gradually dissipating as they rise up. This composition referenced the urban environment in the greater envelope of nature. Triangles shift in rhythms of street level activity and vertical stripes reflect the tall alternating corridors like and architecture. These rising angels of color carry the eye up towards the sky, the future and hope. The composition resonated the energetic play of diversity within unity expressing the City's cultural heritages and multifaceted community.
I balanced the prominent visual energy of the tower with a human-scale indigo blue arcing tile wall that cusps the space immediate to the tower and balances is with the overall plaza area similar to the base notes of a musical composition." © Jun Kaneko 2014
Photo Credit: Susan Schonlau