Firmament

  • Project Type // Public
  • Artist // Christopher Schardt
  • Partners // Nonprofit
  • Date // November 2016 - January 2017
  • Location // Downtown Houston
  • More info link // Click Here

Firmament will enliven the Sarofim Picnic Lawn from November 22 through January 8, 2017. From artist and technology innovator, Christopher Schardt, Firmament is a 52-foot wide, canopy of 21,600 LED lights, suspended from a 42-foot high aluminum tower. The tower is elevated on six legs forming huge equilateral triangles with the ground. At its pinnacle, a 21” diameter LED ball serves as a beacon and will be visible from long distances.

Guests are invited to gather under the structure as the LED lights display celestial, playful, psychedelic and brightly abstract images. A continually changing musical element will engage visitors’ senses creating an enveloping, comforting, communal environment below. Discovery Green will seek input from Houston musicians and the community to determine musical selections.

Christopher Schardt is a San Francisco-based sculptor, artist and computer programmer. He is widely known for his highly regarded art installations created for Burning Man, the annual gathering of arts and music fans in Black Rock, NV, over the past 20 years. Schardt aims to create work that inspires connections and interaction.