Christopher Janney (Enlarge)
Harmonic Convergence, 2011
MIA Mover Station - Skyride Connector
In the News:
Christopher Janney’s Harmonic Convergence, an interactive public art project integrated into the MIA Mover Station at Miami International Airport, was one of the projects recognized by the Americans for the Arts' Public Art 2012 Year in Review. Developed by the Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network, the Public Art 2012 Year in Review presents the most exemplary public art projects completed between April 2011 and April 2012 in the U.S.
The project was selected out of a field of 429 entries, with only the top 50 projects in the nation being showcased. Travelers at MIA can see Harmonic Convergence when they take the MIA Mover to the MIA Rental Car Center. For more information, go to http://www.miami-airport.com/center_parking.asp. Continue
November 21, 2011
In the News:
Live graffiti painting. A colossal rose bed soaring 20 feet high. Early photos of Andy Warhol, a Picasso up for auction and a naked woman living in a pig pen. They're all part of the lineup for Art Basel Miami Beach, which runs Dec. 1-4, with a host of related events beginning Nov. 30.
The art experience will begin for many at Miami International Airport with Harmonic Convergence, a 72-foot-long window wall with diamond-shaped panes of glass in 150 transparent colors. The installation by architect and composer Christopher Janney creates a gradually changing pattern of colors, similar to a rainbow. It was installed a few months ago in an airport entrance by a people-mover walkway. Travelers will hear sounds Janney recorded during trips to the Florida Everglades, scuba dives in the ocean, and other natural environments. At the top of each hour, a short composition with percussion instruments plays, marking the time of day. Continue
Miami Heliotrope, 1996
Neon, metal, transformers, electrical conduits
Drawn to new technologies and unconventional materials, Sonnier continues his exploration of the relationship between art and technology in Miami Heliotrope. Suspended under the heliport at Miami International Airport, the massive neon-light installation involves a complex series of neon, metal structures, transformers, and electrical conduits transmitting, radiating, and reflecting light and color.
Stated Sonnier, “the dictionary defines ‘heliotrope’ as an arrangement of mirrors for reflecting sunlight from a distant point to an observations station. The play of color, light and reflections of the artwork on the metallic ceiling and the surrounding structure creates a vital and impressive atmosphere which evokes the spirit of Miami... the city of sun.”
Born in Louisiana in 1941, Sonnier went to live and study art in France at the age of 24, later returning to the United States to earn a Master’s degree. He soon began to sculpt, using elements of contemporary life such as neon, vacuum coils, vinyl and manufactured plastic. Sonnier has exhibited widely and is internationally known for his innovation with neon, fiber optics, and incandescent light.
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