Technologist Joe O'Connell and sculptor Blessing Hancock recently teamed up to create Brilliance, a family of six sculptures composed of multilingual phrases collected from the community, cut out of stainless steel, and welded together in lantern-like forms. The duo, who have previously collaborated on similar public art works, installed the series of sculptures throughout the plaza between the Palo Alto Main Library and Arts Center in Palo Alto, California.
Although beautiful in the sunlight, Brilliance truly comes to life after dark. Colorful LED lights illuminate the installations from within, casting a brilliant glow while projecting silhouetted shadows of the cut-out phrases. Viewers can change the color of the light emitted from the multicultural sculptures by touching sensors on the steel frames, making Brilliance an engaging and interactive work of art, as well.