Amber Light Column

Title: Amber Light Column

Creator: Mark Abildgaard

Region: Rome

Date: 2009 (installed at Griffiss)

Medium: glass, stainless steel, light

Technique: glassworking

Description: This work by Mark Abildgaard is one of three site-specific works placed along the walking trails at Griffiss as helpful markers. Each light column has been made in a different color: amber, blue, and green. “I have always been interested in the way glass can interact with light. Early in my career I was drawn into working with cast glass because of the way the solid castings would glow in certain lighting conditions. The way that a piece of cast glass would change in appearance through the course of the day with natural light was intriguing to me.”

Glass blocks form each column, and standing tall at 10 feet to prominently mark corners of the trails. At night, the columns glow with the light from LED light fixtures placed in each base. A stainless steel box houses the LED light fixture in the base for each column. Each column is also enclosed, with a clear panel on the top. The artist, Mark Abildgaard, lives in Woodland, CA. He was in residence at Sculpture Space in 1985.

Subject: Public art, Outdoor sculpture

Rights: © Mark Abildgaard 2009

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Related Works: AO-00163, AO-00164

ID#: AO-00009

Location: Griffiss International Sculpture Garden, Rome, along Wright Drive