Crossing Signal Mosaic Wins Just Imagine Award

Crossing Signal Mosaic by Therese Lahaie

"Crossing Signal," a traffic-signal inspired LED mosaic in the entrance to an Emeryville, Calif., apartment building, has won the 2015 Just Imagine Award sponsored by Lucite International (Cordova, Tenn.).

The installation by visual artist Thérèse Lahaie hangs in the ceiling of the entrance to the Parc on Powell apartments in Emeryville. It transforms the ordinary iconography of traffic signals into a combination of lights, sounds and forms that create a unique experience for residents of the apartment building as well as passers-by on the busy intersection. The installation uses LuciteLux® Spectrum in Opal White acrylic.

“Crossing Signal Mosaic” is part of an Art in Public Places project, completed in 2015.  In a competitive housing market, local developer Equity Residential wanted a dynamic work 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. In “Crossing Signal Mosaic,” each request was met with the light-based installation using LuciteLux® acrylic.

As the 2015 Just Imagine Award winner, Lahaie will be featured in a full-page spread in the January issue of Architectural Record. Watch this videoto see how Lahaie’s project came to life.

Lahaie collaborated on the project with Kava Massih Architects, Sign-Effectz-AFX, and Equity Residential.

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