Lightweb

About

Artist:  Craig Kraft

Material:  Neon and Rolled Aluminum

Commissioned by Montgomery County  2003

Lightweb uses an architectural structure to create a large-scale light work, configuring rolled aluminum and neon tubing around an exterior elevator tower. Curved strokes of blue, green, and red neon light are beamed around the tower, giving a sense of fluid three-dimensionality. According to Kraft, the sculptural effect was a challenge to fabricate; "three-dimensional neon-lit sculpture on this scale is hard to find because of the difficulty in constructing a three-dimensional structure capable of securely holding fragile glass neon tubes." Kraft developed the design before the building itself was constructed. Using architectural drawings and models, he achieved the integration of "three-dimensional line and volumes of light with an open rectilinear structure."


The illuminated works of Cork Marcheschi, Stephen Antonakos, Dan Flavin, and Keith Sonnier influenced Kraft's design, but the real impetus came from the unique structural challenge and the desire to integrate art and architecture. The synthesis may be viewed as symbolic of a rejuvenated community center. Kraft explains "The plaza now has a sculptural mark, more than just marking a location. The image suggests importance, integration, vitality, and energy-a place where the community can come together and recognize each other.‚Äč”

Address

923 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Telephone

301-565-0435

Nearby Restaurants & Dining

919 Ellsworth Dr
(36 feet N)
923 Ellsworth Dr
(39 feet NW)
921 Ellsworth Dr
(41 feet SE)
921-E Ellsworth Dr
(67 feet NW)
921 Ellsworth Dr
(76 feet NE)
935 Ellsworth Dr
(90 feet E)

Nearby Shopping and Services

921B Ellsworth Dr
(105 feet SW)
921-A Ellsworth Dr
(122 feet SW)
922 Ellsworth Dr
(138 feet SE)

Nearby Parking

801 Ellsworth Dr
(807 feet NE)
8212 Colonial Ln
(0.3 miles SW)

Nearby VanGo Stops

Nearby Public Transportation

Wayne Ave & Colesville Rd
(0.2 miles SW)