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Jim Campbell: Scattered Light
Comprised of three parts, Jim Campbell’s Scattered Light blankets Madison Square Park’s Oval Lawn with a 3-D matrix of LED lights. Scattered Light, the largest of the three pieces, incorporates almost 2,000 LEDs to construct a vibrant grid spanning twenty feet high and eighty feet wide across the center of the Oval Lawn. Bulbs, engineered to flicker at the command of computer programming, create the illusion of figures moving across the Park. Broken Window, an array of LEDs encased in a glass brick wall, produces illuminated images that appear to glide across the glass plane and reflect the kinetic movements of the City. Voices in the Subway Station transforms the rumbling of subway trains and overlapping conversations into a visual orchestra. The work features eighteen glass tablets that are programmed to pulse in rhythmic patterns evocative of cacophonous subway noises. Voices in the Subway Station is installed adjacent to Madison Avenue between 24th and 25th streets. Campbell is distinguished for his use of LED light as a primary medium and electronic sculpture that captivates the viewer.