Line and Sky
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Line and Sky is a stage for creative expression that is also a block-long transportation hub and the cornerstone of Shreveport’s re-emerging Cultural District. Funding for the design came from a National Endowment for the Arts creative placemaking grant. The project will serve as an example for artist-led economic development.
A striking landscape of color and mass, the illuminated and highly interactive sculpture supports physical exploration, fitness, and play. Nearly 2000 feet of pipe arranged in a single twisting line acts as a three-dimensional sketch moving across the site. The line contorts to form railings, bike racks, seating, and sign holders while still offering a flexible and open-ended environment that spurs creative interpretation. The energetic line is carefully framed by a ‘floating’ mass of light and color wrapping the ends and breaking into cubes along the ground plane. The cubes provide seating but also suggest a map of the transit routes and city blocks through which the line moves.
Emphasis is placed on physical movement as a form of transportation. The artwork is a place to swing, dance, climb, reach, and explore— resulting in a colorful stage open to the community. To design the line component, the artists ran a weeklong workshop involving 30 diverse community groups from church elders, youth, to recovering alcoholics. The workshops asked the Shreveport community to join the artists in this creative challenge by using their imagination to answer the question “What if you could construct your whole world out of a continuous line?”
225' x 27' x 15'
steel truss and pipe, acrylic, polycarbonate, LED lighting, touch sensitive electronics
Shreveport CommonLink, Shreveport, LA
Shreveport Regional Arts Council, NEA Creative Placemaking Grant
Joe O'Connell and Blessing Hancock