BALLROOM LUMINOSO

Location

San Antonio, TX

Year

2013

Dimensions

48" diameter 

Media

recycled bicycle parts, structural steel, custom LED fixtures

Client

Public Art San Antonio (PASA), Department for Culture and Creative Development

Ballroom Luminoso is a light installation that transforms a freeway underpass into a majestic ballroom theater of complex colored shadows and surreal projections. Six ephemeral globe chandelier-projectors utilize reused bike parts to filter intense color-changing light sources as they project the artwork onto the surrounds and the participants alike.

 

The artwork references the area’s past, present, and future in the design of its intricately detailed medallions. The images in the medallions draw on the community’s agricultural history, strong Hispanic heritage, and the burgeoning environmental movement. The medallions are a play on the iconography of La Loteria, which has become a touchstone of Hispanic culture. The piece was awarded the 2013 SXSW Transformative Design Award.