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We’re delighted to announce “Crossing Signal Mosaic”, a light sculpture installation in Emeryville, California, USA is the winner of our third annual LuciteLux® JUST IMAGINE Awards. Part of the City of Emeryville Art in Public Places Program, “Crossing Signal Mosaic” by artist Thérèse Lahaie integrates LuciteLux® Spectrum in Opal White acrylic with programmed LED technology.

Lahaie completed the project in 2015 at Parc on Powell Apartments. In a competitive housing market, developer Equity Residential wanted a dynamic work of art that would infuse life into its building and attract young renters. The City of Emeryville Art in Public Places Committee sought an installation that would combine art and technology to reflect a focus on neighboring businesses and companies. In “Crossing Signal Mosaic” each request was met with a light-based installation using LuciteLux® acrylic.

For over 30 years, Lahaie has designed with light and glass. Due to the scale, weight and code restrictions associated with this project, she had to consider other diffuser materials. She discovered LuciteLux® and knew the acrylic would fit the constraints without compromising her vision.

“When I began research for the project, my video documentation of the saturated colors and rhythms of the pedestrian crossing signals were the most compelling images,” said Lahaie. “In ‘Crossing Signal Mosaic’ I decided to transform the ordinary iconography of these traffic signals by creating a conversation with the adjacent intersection and inviting a playful interaction between the signals and viewers. The characters in the crossing signal sculpture can be whatever color they want, and they can wave and dance. 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.”

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The JUST IMAGINE Awards celebrate designers who embrace the originality of working with, and creating light sculpture using LuciteLux® acrylic. Receiving this award recognizes a designer’s achievement in their field, and celebrates their distinctive contribution to the world of design using the material.

“The ‘Crossing Signal Mosaic’ is a spectacular work of public art,” said Chris Robinson, business manager for Lucite International, who also served as a JUST IMAGINE Awards judge. “It showcases the relevance of LuciteLux® acrylic to the lighting design category and is a source of inspiration for designers across industries to use LuciteLux® for their work in functional and aesthetic-LED applications.”

LuciteLux® Spectrum acrylic offers excellent brightness and evenness of illumination and has been specifically formulated to give optimized color performance with both transmitted and reflected light using white LEDs. Another reason Lahaie chose LuciteLux® is its suitability for ceiling mounted applications that must meet strict earthquake codes in California.

Lahaie worked with Milwaukee-based Sign Effectz AFX for the fabrication of her award-winning light sculpture, with engineering support from Artifacts. To learn more about Thérèse Lahaie, visit: www.thereselahaie.com