Hygienic Art's New London Light Cube at the Water Street Garage will be unveiled Wednesday, May 14, during New London Main Street's annual Spring FoodStroll. The light installation is the third such major piece in this format by the prolific Connecticut artist Sandy Garnett and adds to the other major outdoor art projects championed by the New London arts organization in the past several years.
The New London Light Cube will be the final jewel on the $1.3 million Water Street Garage renovation and the $10 million renovation of the adjacent Parade Plaza in a lively area of downtown New London. The WSG is the main parking area for the City Center Cultural District, the Bank Street Entertainment District, and the 750,000 annual riders of the Cross Sound Ferry. The district is home to restaurants, galleries, shops and other businesses and the Water Street Garage is central to the Transportation Center and Waterfront Park. Across the street, the newly announced National Coast Guard Museum is scheduled to open in 2016.
Artist Garnett said, "For my third fine art lighting installation in two years, it has been an honor to work with Hygienic Art and the City of New London. Creating a lighting installation on an existing architectural structure requires a soft touch, I think it's fair to say, particularly when the structure is made entirely of glass. A lot of time is spent hiding the lighting and cables which run to each fixture, which we managed to do quite effectively on the New London Light Cube. The New London Light Cube highlights the sophisticated glass structure, the LED installation seems to float or mirror off the glass, often achieving a sensation that there are two rows of lights running parallel throughout the lighting composition. I would like to thank Hygienic Art, the New London arts community, and the City of New London for the opportunity to create this permanent fine art lighting installation."
-- Edited from a press release