The City Luminous: Spectral Canopy Variation, 2015
5 minute excerpt
Multi-Projection video Installation; 14.5 minute loops
Friday, May 1- Sunday, June 28- 2015
A reprise was installed from November 23rd. to January 2nd.
Every day after dark until midnight
The City Luminous: SPectral Canopy used a collage of documentary material of the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915, checker boarded with expressionistic video segments inspired by innovators Walter D'Arcy Ryan, the illuminating engineer of the PPIE and pioneer dancer/choreographer/inventor dancer Loie Fuller.
Laitala collaborated with Laura Ackley, author of San Francisco’s Jewel City (Heyday, 2015), transforming
her into the Star Maiden, an allegorical statue from the PPIE. Laitala also invited dancer Jenny Stulberg to provide a tribute performance that captured the spirit of Loie Fuller, who helped raise funds to save the Palace of Fine Arts from destruction at the close of the Fair.
The City Luminous: Spectral Canopy was the third work in a series of projected light pieces by Laitala made in 2015. Engineers of Illumination is a series of artist-based, projected-light installations using the windows of the California Historical Society building to honor the stunning achievements of the Panama-Pacific
International Exposition of 1915. Throughout the year, light-based artists will be invited to create after-
dark artwork for these windows.
Engineers of Illumination is supported by a grant from the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
Laitala’s The City Luminous is funded by the Princess Grace Foundation, (Special Projects Grant),
California Historical Society, and Maurice Kanbar, with archival images provided by the California
Historical Society, Donna Ewald Huggins, the Exploratorium, Craig Baldwin, and the Internet Archive, Access to an original STar Maiden was provided by the Oakland Museum of California.