Wright State University will hold an art opening and dedication ceremony for the LED installation “Dial” in the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building on Tuesday, May 26, that will feature comments from the artist Erwin Redl of Bowling Green, Ohio.
The university community is invited to the event, which begins at 11 a.m. in the atrium of the NEC Building.
The installation consists of 45 dials arranged in diamond grids with LED lights programmed to produce complex, perpetually shifting patterns of light and shadow.
The Austrian-born artist Redl was influenced by the neuroscience research being conducted in the building, such as neural networks and neuron firing patterns. He designed “Dial” to become a symbiotic component of the building’s architecture.
“The art is right in the heart of the building, and many of the researchers in the building find it inspiring,” said Robert Fyffe, vice president for research and dean of The Graduate School at Wright State and one of the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building founders. “The art opening is a great chance to learn from the artist and understand the intent for the building and its research.”
Redl was commissioned to create “Dial” for Wright State by winning a competition sponsored by the Ohio Percent for Arts Program, legislation that provides funding for works of art for new or renovated public buildings.
The law requires that 1 percent of the total appropriation go to artwork for any public structure receiving more than $4 million in state funding. Since its establishment, the Ohio Percent for Arts Program has brought public art to areas, large and small, throughout Ohio.