The dynamic work of sculptor Gaylord Ho is instantly recognizable. Emotion oozes from the figures, as they throw their energy into dancerly poses. His female figures twist and twirl, animated and vital. Born in Taiwan, the 66-year-old artist has a fascinating personal history. Growing up as the son of low income farmers, Ho was expected to balance his studies while helping on the rice farm.
Tonight, if you’re in Chicago, make sure you head down to Millennium Park at 6pm to watch “The Bean” and the surrounding AT&T plaza transform into a digital canvas of light and geometrical form! Chicago-based artistic ensemble Luftwerk has created the first-ever site-specific video and sound installation for the area with dramatic images and colors set to music composed by Owen Clayton Condon from Chicago Third Coast Percussion. It’s called Luminous Field.
Luftwerk (comprised of designers Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero) are using ten projectors to create this public art. “If anything could possibly enhance the interactive experience of Anish Kapoor’s monumental Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park – then this could be it,” said Dorothy Coyle, Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. “Visitors from all over will want to see this beautiful sound and light show in the center of the Park each night.”
Luminous Field will be on view Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 – 10 PM, and Sunday – Thursday evenings from 6 – 9 PM, February 10 to February 20, 2012. You can see some sneak peek shots at Chicago Tribune.