Sky (Study), 2009
LED’s, custom electronic, translucent diffusion screen
21 x 13 x 4 1/2 inches
Limited edition of 5
This work is a study for a larger installation in the lobby of the new federal courthouse in El Paso, TX. In this piece, a number of LEDs are encased within a translucent diffusion box, smoothly and continuously shifting colors and intensities to give an impressionistic version of the southwestern sky. The sequence itself is constantly changing, controlled by a complex computer code written by the artist. Villareal describes it as a digital mural that synthesizes the organic and the technological, visually manifesting an animated portrait of the sky.