Artist Warren Seelig has an interest in the interplay of light and shadow. Seelig sees this interplay as a major part of his sculpture "Ginkgo" in the new pavilion at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
Although Jones & Phillips originally designed the lighting using standard theatrical fixtures, the owners asked for high-efficiency LED lights. The state of the LED art had sufficiently progressed to make this use feasible. The northern exposure of the pavilion's domed skylight lets in plenty of indirect sunlight, but the LED lights still make an impression reflecting off the stainless steel portions of the sculpture during the day. At night, the impact is stunning. Reflections and shadows shift radically as one walks around the rotunda.
Red-blue-green (RBG) LEDs are predicted to last 100,000 hours, though a more conservative estimate might be 80,000 hours. Operating for 24 hours a day, the lighting for this sculpture should easily last 8-10 years.
A card from Warren and his partner Sherrie said, "It was a pleasure working with you and we are very pleased with the results - especially the transition to LED and the extra pizazz that added!"
Location - University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY, in the rotunda
Artist - Warren Seelig
Title - "Ginkgo"
Lighting controller - Mosaic, from Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC), installed by Crosslight Inc.