Back for its second year, Local Light continues to expand the artistic footprint of Canal Convergence throughout Old Town Scottsdale.
The Local Light initiative places temporary, light-based public art installations in or around businesses in Old Town Scottsdale, providing opportunities for local artists to participate in the increasing popularity of Canal Convergence and bringing some of the event’s festive atmosphere into Old Town.
This year, five new artworks will be installed along Marshall Way, 5th Avenue and Stetson Avenue and inside Scottsdale Fashion Square.The new works for 2019 include the following, from south to north:
• “The Sunset Stack” by The Sunset People (Paradise Valley) — Installed inside Carlson Creek Vineyard Wine Tasting Room, 4142 N. Marshall Way, “The Sunset Stack” features sunset videos from the Creative Commons library that have been customized by The Sunset People and edited into loops to create a one-hour montage displayed on a series of screens.
• “Into the distance” by Francisco Flores (Phoenix) — Placed on a balcony above 7051 E. 5th Ave., “Into the distance” is a light shrine sculpture consisting of nine slim columns that emit pixel-mapped light to create contemplative animations of upward movement.
• “Traverse” by Casey Farina (Phoenix) — Projected onto the windows of Scottsdale Public Art’s Canal Convergence Storefront at 7035 E. 5th Ave., “Traverse” is a generative video installation that uses projection mapping and five synchronized projectors to animate figures that traverse the length of the installation, from window to window.
• “Terroir” by Amanda Clayton / Ellipsis Studio (Phoenix) — installed outside LDV Wine Tasting Room, 7134 E. Stetson Drive, “Terroir” features a neon design that follows the outline of the Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona, where the winery’s vineyards are located, and an LED design that traces the path of Turkey Creek below.
• “Pocket Dimension” by Daniel Funkhouser (Phoenix) — placed in two locations inside Scottsdale Fashion Square, “Pocket Dimension” includes two enclosed fluorescent panels, illuminated by LEDs and depicting distorted desert imagery through a dreamlike, sci-fantasy reality.