Light is a flexible and compelling tool to enhance public spaces. Recent DSA-commissioned urban art displays, including Neon Cranes, 360 Beacon and Suspended Eddies, all employ light to invite visitors into our downtown parks.
DSA’s newest installation, In the Absence of Natural Light, by artist team Lumina (Iole Alessandrini and Etta Lilienthal), layers illumination and color into the Westlake Park fountain. The light sculpture was commissioned by DSA to help create a vibrant pedestrian experience and encourage visitors to spend more time at Westlake, a central gathering point for people from all walks of life.
The display integrates specialized lights throughout the fountain’s base and support struts. Once activated, “planes” of light spring to life, complementing sheets of falling water.
The installation, which will be in place year-round, helps bring people to the park during slower times, including fall and winter.