THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ANNOUNCES
THE RETURN OF
A PERMANENT WOOD STREET GALLERIES INSTALLATION
Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is excited to announce the return of FLOW, a large-scale light installation on the Wood Street “T” station created by Austrian-born artist Erwin Redl. The piece officially opened with the Cultural District Gallery Crawl on July 7, 2017. The return of FLOW was made possible through generous support from The Fine Foundation and the David Nimick Family Foundation. Lit nightly, FLOW is the most important public artwork, with the most visible street presence, since the construction of Katz Plaza.
Originally installed in 2003, FLOW was the first in a series of installations now in Arlington, Berlin, New York and Seattle. In its second, permanent iteration, FLOW- Pittsburgh consists of 40,128 animated red light emitting diodes (LEDs). The LEDs cover eight windows (measuring 6 1/2’ by 28’) of the “T” Station on Wood Street facing Liberty Avenue. Waves of light patterns flow upward and downward in a continuous stream, creating a mesmerizing and ethereal effect while adding a compelling dimension of light and color to Pittsburgh’s downtown.
An early adapter and pioneer of the use of LED lighting and art, Redl has now been working in the medium for 30 years. He originally developed all of the technology himself, but is now able to buy most of his materials commercially off the shelf. FLOW is powered by the Wood Street building and programmed using a data controller. Updated technologies have allowed him the freedom to experiment and update the piece while intentionally retaining the basic premise.
“The basic premise is intact, and that was intentional. The new iteration of FLOW is still a piece of the FLOW series, with a couple variations,” Redl states of the installation. “I am very interested in minimal art and technology. My aim is to fuse these concepts to bring minimal art into the 21st century. This in combination with my interest in environment led me to very simple systems immersed in architecture.”
In addition to FLOW (2017, 2003), Erwin Redl has premiered two other installations for Wood Street Galleries: After Image (2003) and Structure of Time and Space (2014). Redl, known for his work using LEDs, investigates “the process of ‘reverse engineering’ by (re-)translating the abstract aesthetic language of virtual reality and 3-D computer modeling back into architectural environments by means of large scale installations.”
FLOW joins a list of other notable permanent light installations curated by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Sign of Light (1999), designed by Robert Wilson and Richard Gluckman, Cell Phone Disco (2010) by Informationlab and The Water Cube (2016), designed through a collaboration of the Cultural Trust and GBBN Architects / EdgeStudio with generous support from the Colcom Foundation.
About Erwin Redl
Erwin Redl earned a bachelor of arts in composition and a diploma in electronic music from the Music Academy in Vienna, Austria. He also received a master of fine arts in computer art from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. The recipient of numerous awards, scholarships and residencies – including a Chinati Foundation Residency in Marfa, TX, and a P.S.1 Studio Residency in Queens, NY – Redl has held solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Select exhibtions have been held at such venues as the Whitney Biennial, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Toledo, OH; Art Miami / Swarovski Crystal Palace, Miami, FL; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; World Expo 2008, Zaragoza, Spain; among others.
Wood Street Galleries
Wood Street Galleries is located at 601 Wood Street. Gallery hours: Wed. & Thur. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public. Wood Street Galleries is a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Support for Wood Street Galleries has been provided by the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Additional support provided by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For more information about all gallery exhibitions featured in the Cultural District, please visit TrustArts.org.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org.