Public Art

Public Artwork


1318 S Ww White Rd

Additional Directions: Fire Station 18

District 2 Fire Station

Artist: Cathy Cunningham-Little
Details: light art, glass-art, None
Date completed: 2017

"Spirit of the Phoenix" is a notable project for the Fire Department and Department of Arts & Culture because this is the first fire station public art project and is incorporated into the storefront that will house a historic fire truck.The artwork inspiration is an abstract Phoenix using geometric forms that frame the display bay. The corner panels represent ladders, with lower warm colors symbolizing flames that lead upwards to cool colors of blues and greens. These colors allude to water, regrowth, and the blue colors of uniforms worn by firefighters. The cool colors overcome the warm, yet some sparks of hot colors flash within the others. The vertical corners and horizontal suspended sections of glass are analogous to opened theatrical curtains. They focus attention on the central character of the vintage fire apparatus. The theatrical lights direct attention to the apparatus while the colored reflections envelope it, emphasizing its role as part of the whole Phoenix parable. The artwork utilizes natural light and LED lights to create reflections that extend the color into and out of the display bay to create a kaleidoscope of colors, shifting in relation to the angle of the viewing, the sun's position, the weather, and the season. The reflections of the natural light interact with the reflections of the glass and the work behind them becoming an active part of the instillation.

Cathy Cunningham-Little is a mixed media sculptor utilizing glass, neon, light, wire, string, and other materials, in a variety of ways to explore the phenomena of perception, both the visual interaction of color and light and the mental aspects of perception. The power coated steel frames were fabricated and installed by Wanderlust Ironworks, lighting design by Sergio Bravo, and structural engineer by Jack Harrison all three are located in San Antonio, Texas.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018