A series of interactive, illuminated sculptures that serve as a contemporary stage set and shadow theater.
Invites multiple interpretations and repeated inquiry as people see both the small scale details and the large scale relationships between the sculptures.
At night colored lights create the effect of being surrounded by a panoramic theater production.
The sculptures contain archetypical graphics of theatrical imagery.
The use of projection allows us to activate a much larger space than the sculptures themselves occupy.
The artwork constructs a new communal space for students.
  • In →
  • Academic,
  • LED,
  • Outdoor,
  • Stainless

Cyclorama is a series of sculptures placed between the Theater and Music buildings on the University of Central Florida campus. The sculptures create a gathering space for social interaction for students, faculty, and visitors. Upon close inspection, visitors can see that the pieces are assembled from shapes and forms that tell archetypal stories in an abstract way. The sculptures mimic the implicit nature of stories by cutting up and pinning together different elements to create new narratives.

During the day, the bright red powder coating makes the sculptures contrast against the green lawn and surrounding trees. Each sculpture is illuminated by LED lighting. The LEDs, located below the sculptures, emit a tremendous amount of light and cast sharp colored shadows of the sculptures and people sitting or wandering through the artwork onto trees and nearby buildings. As people move among the sculptures their shadows move through the trees and are visible from hundreds of yards away, thereby activating a much larger space than the sculptures themselves occupy.

completed, 2012

8' x 6' x 6' typical - 4 total

stainless steel, LEDs, custom LED fixtures

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Commissioning Agency:
UCF Art in State Buildings

Blessing Hancock and Joe O'Connell