Casa Magica

Casa Magica

Title of Project: Revamp Ft. Brooke

Artist: Sabine Weissinger, Friedrich Foerster (Casa Magica)

Year Completed: 2009

Location: Ft. Brooke Parking Garage, Tampa, FL

Casa Magica’s installation was one of several commissioned for Lights On Tampa 2009. Lights On Tampa is a biennial program of the City of Tampa, Public Art Program whose mission is to bring free access to artistic excellence. Artists were selected from an international call to artists from a jury that included writer and cultural critic, Dave Hickey; Anne Pasternak, Director of Creative Time; and Jerry Saltz, Art Critic for New York Magazine. During its 3 week run, nearly a million people experienced Lights On Tampa.

Artists Sabine Weissinger and Friedrich Foerster (Casa Magica) used large format PANI projectors to transform a nine story parking garage in the heart of downtown Tampa. Six slides were created, fitting into the existing architecture, and ran on a loop every night from installation (January 10) through SuperBowl Feburary 1. The artists made multiple trips to Tampa from Germany to research the culture and history of the bay area in order to make each slide specific to the area.

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Fromt The Artist

“At first glance, these dazzling images appear to be glamorous embellishments for a utilitarian structure. With closer examination, one sees that each image is a collage that carries specific references to some part of Tampa’s history and identity.”