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Light Current

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  • Artist

    Katy Stone

  • Date

    June 2021

Composed of more than 20,000 shimmering elements, Katy Stone’s “Light Current” transforms the Port of Corpus Christi Administration Building lobby by its sheer magnitude of subtlety – echoing the natural energy and connectivity of the surrounding aquatic landscape.

Inspired by a deep interest in in the forces of energy that animate our world and her engagement with the water, the artist brilliantly reflects the activity of this light-filled space through both form and material.

Each of the 20,000 hand-sanded paillettes, made of metalized mylar on acrylic, is painstakingly mapped out, creating an immersive experience activated by the movement of the viewer. The expanse of this 13’ x 40’ installation evokes celestial navigation, wind currents, and reflections of light on water. When viewed more intimately, each disk, with its unique surface treatment, speaks to the importance of individuals coming together to realize community visions.

We selected “Light Current” for this space because of the compelling ways that Katy Stone explores natural phenomena and how she thoughtfully aligned her artistic practice with the mission of our client at the Port of Corpus Christi.

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Light Current by Seattle-based artist Katy Stone is a permanent installation at the Port of Corpus Christi Administration Building of more than 20,000 hand-sanded discs made of metalized mylar on acrylic. At 13 feet tall and over 40 feet long overall, every element is placed with intentionality to create an immersive experience, suggesting everything from an abstracted map of the world, waves in the sea, wind currents, celestial navigation, the sun or moon, and reflections of light on water.

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