Crossing Signal Mosaic

Crossing Signal Mosaic, a light sculpture installation located in Emeryville, California, is the winner of the third annual JUST IMAGINE Awards.

In a competitive housing market, local developer Equity Residential wanted a dynamic piece of art that would infuse life into their building and attract young renters. The City of Emeryville Art in Public Places Committee sought something that would combine art and technology to reflect the focus of neighboring businesses. All of their wishes were met with artist Thérèse Lahaie’s Crossing Signal Mosaic.

When Lahaie began research for her project, she was enamored with the compelling images of saturated colors and rhythms of the pedestrian crossing signals during nighttime. She decided to transform the ordinary iconography of these traffic signals into something extraordinary by creating a light sculpture.

Having worked with light and glass for the past 30 years, Lahaie had to approach this project differently due to the scale, weight and code restrictions. While considering other diffusive materials, she discovered LuciteLux® acrylic and knew instantly that it would fit the constraints without compromising her vision.

“I selected LuciteLux® Spectrum because of its large sheet size, reflective characteristics and fantastic transmission of backlit RGB LEDs. These features were critical for the sculpture I had envisioned.” -Thérèse Lahaie, artist

Project/location: Emeryville, California
Artist: Therese Lahaie
Product used: LuciteLux® Spectrum in Opal White
Fabricator: SignEffectz/AFX
Project Manager: artifacts
Composer/programming: Laurie Polster
Studio Assistant: Marnika Shelton
Developer: Equity Residential
Architect: Kava Massih Architects
Contractor: Build Group
Controls: Wunder Controls, David West