Recurrence - Luftwerk

Luftwerk – Chicago – Recurrence is a light art installation that evokes the tidal flow of the Hillsborough River. This elegant artwork was installed in Kiley Gardens, and was comprised of a grid of lights that flowed in a compressed rhythm to the tides of the Hillsborough River.  Recurrence is a field of light whereby the grid-like pattern is based on a 12 hour timetable of a 7 day sequence.  Recurrence was accompanied by percussive music composed by Owen Clayton Condon. The music accented the tidal high and lows and heightens the walk through experience.
The lighting grid is comprised of 84 acrylic and metal fabricated forms, each at varying heights between 6” and 18”. The total grid area used was 72’ x 39’ in Kiley Gardens located at 400 N. Ashley Drive and was on view during the weekend of Lights On Tampa. 
Petra Bachmaier studied fine art at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Sean Gallero studied art and humanities at Lehman College in the Bronx where he is from and fine and applied arts at SAIC. Since 2000, both artists have collaborated in creating multiple art installations, forming Luftwerk in 2007. Luftwerk aims to merge elements of light and video with facets of architecture and design.   

Photography by Matt May
Photography by Matt May



Artists: Luftwerk (artist team Petra Bachmaier & Sean Gallero)

Title: Recurrence

Dimensions: 74’ x 3’ 58’

Materials: LED lights, control system, acrylic rods, aluminum tubes, wiring

Location: A temporary installation in Kiley Gardens

Commissioning Agency: City of Tampa, Art Programs Division