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Status:
completed, 2013

Dimensions:
(6) 48" diameter

Materials:
recycled bicycle parts, structural steel, custom LED fixtures and controller

Location:
Theo & Malone Underpass at IH 35, San Antonio, Texas

Commissioning Agency:
Public Art San Antonio (PASA), Department for Culture and Creative Development

Ballroom Luminoso is a series of six brilliantly lit, color changing chandeliers. Drawing from the formal elegance of the freeway underpass and the cultural currents of the surrounding neighborhoods, the piece transforms a forgotten space into one that connects the community.

Each globe contains a custom-designed LED light fixture, which casts sharply detailed shadows. The chandeliers paint the underpass with complex color patterns and ethereal lighting refashioning the space into a majestic ballroom-cum-shadow theater. Melding grandeur with a sense of neighborhood rejuvenation, the sculptures weld recycled bike parts into refined forms.

Ballroom Luminoso references the area’s past, present, and future in the design of its intricately detailed medallions. The images in the medallions draw on the community‚Äôs agricultural history, strong Hispanic heritage, and burgeoning environmental movement. The medallions are a play on the iconography of La Loteria, which has become a touchstone of Hispanic culture.

Press Coverage:
This project was featured in The Atlantic Cities, Installation Magazine, The San Antonio Current, Vogelvrije Fietser.

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Ballroom Luminoso
Brilliant colors and sharp overlapping shadows fill an elegant underpass with light. Photograph by Fred Gonzales, City of San Antonio Photographer
Ballroom Luminoso
Chandeliers cycle through a range of colors resulting in dynamic variations in the space.
Ballroom Luminoso
The medallions draw from the traditional imagery of La Loteria cards.
Ballroom Luminoso
We believe in the power of light to change the character of a space.
Ballroom Luminoso
Chandeliers rejuvenates a forgotten space for the community. Photograph by Fred Gonzales, City of San Antonio Photographer
Ballroom Luminoso
Each globe contains a custom-designed LED light fixture. Photograph by Fred Gonzales, City of San Antonio Photographer
Ballroom Luminoso
Each chandelier is clad with recycled bike parts collected from bike co-ops from across the country.
Ballroom Luminoso
During the day, the chandeliers lend a surreal elegance to the underpass.
Ballroom Luminoso
Characters playfully ride bikes reflecting the community's environmental initiatives.