Spectrascape Introduces Spring Colors at Main Street Garden

SpectraScape, the Public Art installation comprised of video bands of light that scroll across the green glass shelters at Main Street Garden Park shifted from the winter colors – green and white – to spring on March 20, as the Vernal Equinox transpired. During the transition, viewers witnessed pink tones of light that celebrate the spring landscape of the garden park proclaiming the end of winter. 

SpectraScape, inspired by the colors of the seasonal foliage in Main Street Garden Park, interacts with park visitors when they enter the green glass shelters.  The horizontal scroll of color freezes as interior lights illuminate the shelter space when visitors step in. 

The presentation of Spring in SpectraScape is best viewed just after dusk, which is clearly identified by the white color bands that identify the 30 minutes of sunset before resuming with the seasonal rhythmic flash of color that races across the top of the shelter.  This work inhabits the City’s first urban park landscape in central Dallas, Main Street Garden Park located between Commerce and Main and St. Paul and Harwood streets. 

Leni Schwendinger

With over twenty years of work as both lighting designer and public artist, Leni has developed her lighting philosophy and in doing so, has refined the possibilities for light in the urban environment.  She has been the recipient of numerous professional awards, including several “Lumen” awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society, the Society for Environmental Graphic Design and the NYFA Fellowship for emerging and media art. 

The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) works to enhance the vitality of the City and the quality of life for all Dallas citizens by creating an environment wherein arts and cultural organizations can thrive so that people of all ages can enjoy opportunities for creative expressions and the celebration of our community’s multicultural heritage. Our mission is to establish a cultural system that ensures that ALL Dallas citizens and visitors have an opportunity to experience the finest in arts and culture. The OCA is advised by an 18-member Cultural Affairs Commission appointed by the Dallas City Council. The OCA manages the city’s Cultural Contracts, Neighborhood Touring and Public Art Programs; oversees six cultural centers including the Bath House Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Oak Cliff Cultural Center (opening in 2010), and South Dallas Cultural Center; and operates the city’s classical music radio station, WRR101.1FM. More information on the programs and services provided by the OCA can be found at www.dallasculture.org.

3 thoughts on “Spectrascape Introduces Spring Colors at Main Street Garden

  1. dfwcre8tive

    I noticed the change on March 20, and I like the new Spring colors. I’ve also noticed that a few of the glass pieces facing the park’s interior are missing. Are these ever going to be installed?

  2. I just recently found yourdspot.com. Great website! Tons of information about the revitalization of Downtown Dallas. I’ve recently spent a lot of time in the Arts District, and would like to share my thoughts with your readers. If you’re interested, please email me so we can work out the details/terms of writing a guest blog entry (only if you’re interested, of course).

    Thank You!

    1. Chase,

      Thanks! We appreciate feedback, especially when it’s positive!
      Right now our blog is mostly staff driven but I’d love to have you join the conversation on facebook. Are you a friend of ours? If not look us up – Dallas Dspot.
      Send us a message and let’s get to chatting! I look forward to hearing from you!

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