Project: Light House_1: Jackson Ward RVA
Peter Culley, Eleni Savvidou, Adam Frantzis, Andrew Montgomery, Conor Backman, Amrit Singh, Charles Yeager
Client: InLight Exhibition / 1708 Gallery
Area: Singular Building Lot
Status: Installed 2008, 2010
Juror’s Prize - Best in Show, People’s Choice Award, InLight 2008
Inform Magazine - Mimi Salder ‘Going to the Light House’
Light House_1 is an exact scale replica of a terraced town house in Jackson Ward, once the country’s largest ‘freed black’ neighborhood. Every window, door, roof light and internal aperture was represented in line form, glowing periodically in a carefully timed sequence to create an animated life size and 3 dimensional drawing.
The concept was inspired both by an interest in showing, x-ray like, the full extent of the incredibly deep plan of a typical row house, normally highly unassuming and modest from the front, and also to populate an empty lot with a building that perhaps could have been on that site in the past or in a dream.
It was constructed from welded steel frames painted with ultra-violet reactive paint, hung with cables from an interior scaffold. The performance came to life through 7 u-v projector lamps on a digital sequencer.
At the second installation as part of the regular First Friday event in Richmond’s Broad Street, downtown, local organisation mysterymeeat held a mystery guest dinner inside the house.