Sep 18, 2014
On the winter solstice, December 21st at 5:03PM, the central element of Jun's most recent public art commission was 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.
Each night the tower is illuminated from 7pm to 2am, and it is lit again from 6am to 9am.
Winter illumination hours: 5pm to 2am and 5am to 8am.
After 5 years and countless hours spent planning, engineering, meeting and coordinating, Tower Square is completed. The final panels were installed 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 its obscured side encouraging our natural inclination to move around the artwork and discover other perspectives. It invites viewers to join the flowing movement stimulated by the paving design emanating 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 in 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. This composition references 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 of the urban architecture. These rising angels of color carry the eye up towards the sky, the future and hope. The composition resonates the energetic play of diversity within the unity of 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 it with the overall plaza area similar to the base notes of a musical composition." © Jun Kaneko 2014
Photo Credit: Susan Schonlau