‘Light Columns’ transformed a dull walkway in the heart of Nuneaton town centre into a colourful illuminated space. The work is made up of thirteen half-cylinder columns constructed with two layers of perforated polished stainless steel to create a Moiré effect.
The holes in the metal sheets differ in size and spacing; superimposing one layer over another creates interesting and beautiful geometric patterns for passers by, encasing a changing kaleidoscope of vibrant lights. Powerful LED spotlights colour-wash the inside of each sculpture, performing subtle colour-changing sequences.
The artist worked with pupils from three local secondary schools to formulate a lighting scheme to enhance the space. Over the course of several workshops in early July, the students learnt about the technology behind the colour sequencing and programming of LED lighting and its use in public art.
Using Colour Tramp programming software, they were able to create colour-changing sequences of their own. Some of these sequences were adapted and included in the final design for the walkway. This allowed the students to be part of the decision making process and also provided an opportunity for ownership of a regeneration project in their local area.