+ Powder coated steel, polished steel, dichroic glass, PC, sunlight sensor, dimmer, LED fixtures / 2018
+ Installed at Marie Reed Elementary School, Washington D.C.
+ Permanent public art commissioned by the Washington DC Government, Department of General Services, Percent for Art
Engineering: Keast & Hood - Rachel Tyler and Matthew Daw
Lighting Systems Design: David
Video shot and edited by: Eloise Sherrid
to Kyle Whitley, Sandy Bellamy, Marie Reed Elementary School staff
LIGHTWELL is a site-specific sculpture that creates ever-changing kaleidoscopic
drawings in the skylit atrium. As natural sun and artificial light, operating in a responsive system, shine upon
steel ribbons and dichroic glass, shadows and light refractions are cast about. At the convergence of art and
science, the artwork logs exterior sunlight conditions and registers this information through the cast shadows
light diffusion. LIGHTWELL tells a story about the passage of a day, the passage of time, and the presence and
intensity of the sun.
The sculptural form is a column of powder-coated steel strips, with perpendicular spans of dichroic glass. At
top and bottom of the tower-like structure are mirrored surfaces, creating an infinite ‘hall of mirrors’ effect.
LIGHTWELL’s transformative shadows are created using an inverse relationship between natural light (sunlight)
artificial light (the LEDs). The systems design uses a sunlight sensor and a NUC mini computer to continuously
sunlight conditions and adjust the upper LEDs in response to the intensity of sunlight. When the supply of
sunlight is adequate, the LEDs are inactive, and vice versa.
Through an ever-changing array of light and shadow, LIGHTWELL celebrates transformation and diversity in
Adams-Morgan neighborhood of DC, a historic center for social justice, political activism and an immigrant
gateway. As the Adams-Morgan schools were formerly segregated, the consequent founding principles of the
Reed School & Community Center as a response to creating a community hub embracing inclusivity are
significant. LIGHTWELL aims to create a total spatial experience, encourage proactive observation and create
shared sublime experience for students, teachers and visitors alike.