Gilbert Road Venue is a 1,200 sq. ft. open-air canopy designed for a variety of uses such as public gatherings, music acts, or simply as a shady spot to wait for the train or bus. Twelve light “cannons” are arranged to cast light through drawings onto the plaza paving below. Each cannon “fires” sunlight at specific times and days, making each display special if/when you happen to catch the occurrence.
We visited four local schools and asked students to share their favorite experiences. Swimming, hiking, lakes, Grand Canyon, outer space, mathematics, recess, riding in a fast car, sunlight, the moon, music, and spending time on technological devices were the main responses. The artists transformed their answers into the drawings at the bottom of the cannons.
The entire canopy and plaza are designed utilizing Biophilic Design principles (see Stephen R. Kellert’s writings), attempting to create positive effects through the understanding of how humans have an evolved connection to nature.
(Photography by Slate Photography https://www.yourslate.photos/ and Matthew Salenger)