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Written In Light at Bloomberg HQ
December 23, 2006-
April 28, 2007
Bloomberg Headquarters
731 Lexington Avenue

Written by Eve Hyman
Photographed by Katherin Wermke


Opposite "Exit," by Ivan Navarro

 


Jude Tallichet's "New York City Windows 2006"

Bloomberg's midtown headquarters looks like the Starship Manhattan, boldly going where no architecture has gone before. Employees of Bloomberg are surrounded by a massive glass structure that wraps around in a partial circle. The building is very impressive - bright and bustling with soothing colored lights that emit a happy sort of glow from each office and from the open desk space (minus the ubiquitous cubicles). There are exotic fish ponds and tanks and a steel spiral staircase. There is a snack area that never closes. There is even an art exhibit.


Alyson Shotz’s "Radiant"

Written in Light is an exhibition inspired by artificial light. For Written in Light, Art in General (a nonprofit agency that supports artists in both production and presentation) partnered with Bloomberg to present works by five artists. Each artist elaborated upon the existing fluorescent lighting on a floor of elevator banks. Trevor Stafford covered the fixtures to suggest clouds and sun in "Daydreaming." Lisi Raskin used different materials for her vision – "Permanent Dusk" –including spread aluminum foil throughout the corridor and covering fixtures with stencils (which made me think of alien graffiti – but that could be the lingering trekkie influence). Jude Tallichet used frames of tiny light bulbs, which resembled old computer screen art, to create shapes one might see through the windows of a building in "New York City Windows." Alyson Shotz’s floor was strips of reflective glass angled to catch the light. My favorite was "Exit," by Ivan Navarro, where you have the impression of a door between each elevator, lit by a red fluorescent border that repeats down a tunneled walkway. It’s really a mirror and one light, as I learned on a tour by the artist. An older woman present didn’t believe Ivan. He had to open the door and prove to her that it was in fact a window, mirror, and one light. She thought it was all quite amazing; which is exactly what I thought of the office building as a whole.


"Permanent Dusk"
Artist Lisi Raskin


"Permanent Dusk"
Artist Lisi Raskin

Close Up of "Permanent Dusk"
Artist Lisi Raskin

 



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