suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
predock + frane ARCHITECTS: Commissioned for the 2010 GLOW all night arts event, Luminous Passage is a linear spatial construction of glowing lines that links the City to the Ocean across the extent of the beach. A physical “land bridge” connects the urban landscape of Santa Monica to the edge of the water, but also forms a conceptual leap from the “logics” that define the city to the those of the ocean. Composed of luminous lines of color (Electroluminescent wire – EL wire), the ambitous scale of the project is a relatively simple construction with only six fixed struts as primary support. From the boardwalk, the piece begins with serial vertical lines that gradually transition and twist toward the horizontal.
Emerging from the tunnel of glowing lines at the edge of the water, a space is defined akin to the classic California beach campfire – a gathering spot – where the wildness of the ocean is made present in sound and smell. Instead of a literal fire, a glowing orb defines the center of this space, slowly transitioning in color and pattern over the course of the night.
The overall piece is interactive at several levels. As a spatial contstruct, movement through the piece is transformational and sensate. Along the edge of the water the EL wires hang more loosely which will naturally act as a field of motion in the wind. As a funnel and gathering space the piece encourages social grouping and interaction. Lastly, from discreet angles the piece is perceived in different ways, from the North and South appearing as a bridge-like element that filters movement up and down the beach, while from the East and West a tube of space linking boardwalk to water’s edge.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
pfA: rave culture, ocean waves, lineal suspension structures
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
pfA: we listened to quite a bit of minimalism – artists such as Terry Riley
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
Core design team: John Frane, Hadrian Predock and Brendan Shea
Collaborators: Ishler Design Assoc. (Structural Engineering), Machineous (column fabrication, milling)