Permanent Public Sculpture
& Temporary Installation
Commissioned by the City of Tampa, for Lights on Tampa, 2009
Ecstatic City (Tampa) is a project about animating a place, in this case, a district of Tampa, Florida. The project has two components, one permanent and one temporary. The soaring entry to the Tampa Convention Center provides the site for the permanent part of the project. Rotating mirror balls, each with its own spotlight, and installed 65 feet in the air are activated daily at dusk.
For the temporary component, part of the Lights On Tampa festival, fifty rotating mirror balls are attached to palm trees surrounding the Center . Brackets supporting the balls, as well as integrated spotlights are attached to the trees. Beginning at dusk, pedestrian areas of the city were bathed in a gentle wash of spinning light. By taking a conventional, off-the-shelf object typically used in the disco and re-contextualizing it in the city, I amplify the atmosphere, the mood of expectation and the sense of possibility that is so important to the life of a place and the experience of its people.