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Illuminate Art Walk


We have concluded the 2020 Illuminate Art Walk. Thanks for joining us! See the pieces in the map below. You can also learn more about each artist in our interview with the artist blog posts. Read part one here and part two here. 

Find all art on our public art map here.

1

Robin Vuchnich:
Whatever We Shoulder

21 W Hargett St

Whatever We Shoulder

"Whatever We Shoulder" by graphic artist Robin Vuchnich, is an interactive experience that invites the passer-by to stop and enter the projected canvas, catch whatever is falling, or literally let it roll off of their backs. Created in Processing leveraging the Open Kinect for Processing library. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

2

Glas:
Esse Quam Videri

23 W Hargett St

Esse Quam Videri

Neon sign displaying North Carolina's state motto. Translated from Latin, Esse Quam Videri means “To be rather than to seem." Provided by Artsplosure. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

3

Derrick Beasley:
DARC.EEE

150 Fayetteville St

DARC.EEE

Using the principles that identify darkness as a tool to bring about elemental, emotional, and social change, DARC.EEE accelerators take its users through a transformation by accelerating the pathway through experiences of darkness. This particular portal creates a pathway to equitable ecological equilibrium. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

4

Brandon Cordrey:
Monotony

120 S Wilmington St
Suite 106

Monotony

Projection onto 1,000 brown paper bags. This piece reflects how strange it is to square the monotony of quarantine with the devastating effects of a global pandemic. How is it possible for two things to be real and related, yet also feel worlds apart? Vea la traducción al español aquí.

5

Anthony Nelson Jr and Johnny Lee Chapman III:
E=mc^2

120 S Wilmington St
Suite 105

A lyric video with light-based dance and poetry. Subject matter will include energy, motion, and body chemistry; and, the choreography will serve as a visual representation of these themes with the incorporation of various lighting effects. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

6

Lincoln Hancock:
All the Stars in the Sky for 100 Nights

120 S Wilmington St
Suite 103

All the Stars in the Sky for 100 Nights

About 2500 stars are visible on a clear night to the unaided eye. I’ve been thinking about this figure as a poetic denominator in a grim equation — a way to begin to comprehend a quarter-million lives lost to COVID-19 in this country alone. This installation tries to do the math, but it’s also about the inability of a number to account for the human toll. Plato thought every soul had a companion star… even if we count every one of them for a hundred nights over, what can we know about what we’ve lost? Vea la traducción al español aquí.

7

Andrew Preiss:
Advent Star

118 S Person St
Vintage Church

Advent Star

Metal sculpture commissioned by Vintage Church. 

8

Artsplosure:
First Night Light Bright

124 E Martin St

First Night Light Bright

Life size light bright provided by Artsplosure. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

9

Glas:
RAD

126 E Martin St
SkyHouse Raleigh

RAD

Large rolling letter display with neon and floral features. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

10

Glas:
Illuminate

237 S Wilmington St

Illuminate

Storefront activation featuring colorful neon tubes. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

11

Matt McConnell:
Evolution Field

301 Fayetteville St

Evolution Field

Evolution Field is a triple layer moiré wall that blends color and light in visual waves reminiscent of galaxy forms. The work is meant to reflect on the complexity of layering energy and relationships, which shifts with only the slightest change. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

12

Katie Stewart:
Rainglow

401 Fayetteville St

Rainglow

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." - Dolly Parton

This installation explores accepting life’s challenges, dependent upon the assumption that something better awaits us on the other side. It’s the anticipation of something unattainable - the idea of a perfect explosion of happiness. A glowing rainbow explosion. This pandemic will not last forever. We can emerge from this storm to see the rainbow, stepping over the broken parts of us left along the way. It represents the pursuit of an impossible ideal but one we must cling to in order to keep going. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

13

Brian Brush:
SONARC

2 E South St
Duke Energy Center

SONARC

SONARC is made of 1,000 plexiglass tubes and 600 LED lights hung in a semicircle frame meant to represent open arms welcoming guests to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Individuals can interact with the sculpture by singing into a microphone causing Sonarc to emit patterns and different colors of light based on the pitch. Collection of the City of Raleigh.

14

Danielle James:
Swan Dive

309 W Martin St

Swan Dive

Danielle James was inspired to create this piece following a conversation with the owners of The High Tide Salon. Having short hair, Danielle is always amazed by people who have long flowing locks, let alone style them. This design takes into consideration the modern aesthetic of the interior space while slightly nodding to an art deco and nautical inspiration. On view at The Hide Tide Salon. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

15

Nate Sheaffer:
Three Necessities: Bright Thoughts that Lead Us

409 W Martin St
CAM Raleigh

Three Necessities: Bright Thoughts that Lead Us

Three neon signs promoting positivity, hope, and kindness. Works on loan to CAM Raleigh by the artist. Vea la traducción al español aquí.

16

Hank Willis Thomas:
LOVERULES

302 S West St
Father & Sons Antiques

LOVERULES

On the exterior wall facing Union Station, the six foot six-inch neon sign blinks its message of LOVE, RULES, LOVE, OVER, RULES. The installation is created by Brooklyn-based Thomas--one of the most influential artists working in the world today.  An homage to the artist's late cousin, LOVE RULES reminds people what matters most. The message is particularly relevant in this moment of critical health, economic, racial and political challenges. What do you do to give love? How is love breaking the rules you have in your life?  LOVE RULES is the inaugural project of Artsuite and will be on view through June 2020.

17

Glas:
Raleigh

510 W Martin St
Located inside Raleigh Union Station

Raleigh

Collection of the City of Raleigh.

18

Napoleon Wright II:
Keep Moving Forward

407 Glenwood Ave
Projected onto the Gramercy

Keep Moving Forward

Animation conveying change is inevitable. Moving forward is paramount.