Those brilliant, ever-changing pylons of light that have accompanied our comings and goings at LAX for the last 13 years have an amazing backstory, and artist Paul Tzanetopoulos will be at Dwell on Design to tell it. "When you see the choreography of lights, it hopefully imparts a tranquil mood," says Tzanetopoulos, who created the 100-foot-high columns of light. "They evoke diversity and ecology, and add a calmness to the area." The artist will share his complete process, including the operations and philosophy behind one of the largest public art installations on the planet.
Paul Tzanetopoulos, Artist, Studio of Paul Tzanetopoulos
Erika Heet has been working in publishing for more than 20 years, including years spent as a senior editor at Architectural Digest and Robb Report. She has written for Architectural Digest, Robb Report, Interiors, Bon Appétit, Sierra Magazine, and The Berkeley Fiction Review. She recently wrote the foreword to New Tropical Classics: Hawaiian Homes by Shay Zak. She lives in a Topanga cabin with her artist husband and two children.
Paul Tzanetopoulos is a conceptually based fine artist whose large-scale interactive work utilizes light, digital media, video, electronic and sound components. Tzanetopoulos also works in the realm of public art, completing more than 30 public art commissions since 1992. His best-known public artwork is his award-winning Kinetic Light Installation created for the huge glass pylons at LAX for its 2000 Gateway Enhancement Project, Los Angeles World Airports, Los Angeles. Inside a complex of 26 giant, translucent glass pylons, Tzanetopoulos created a large-scale, monolithic, kinetic light sculpture incorporating synchronized color arrays, movement and patterns utilizing digital controls. His work was awarded the 2001 International Illumination Design Award of Excellence-The Paul Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting Design-by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the 2001 Award of Merit, Lumen West Awards. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Gateway Enhancement Project, Tzanetopoulos received a Certificate of Commendation from the City of Los Angeles as artist for the iconic sculpture.
Tzanetopoulos’ other public art projects include 2 porcelain murals commissioned for the U.S. Consular Office Building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the U.S. Department of State; 2 works for the L.A. County Arts Commission; a video projection triptych on a translucent building facade for the City of West Hollywood; a MetroRail Blue Line station for LA Metro; and 2 projects commissioned for the pier at Manhattan Beach, among others.
Tzanetopoulos has exhibited locally and internationally in 19 solo shows and over 60 group shows during his fine art career. Tzanetopoulos was the first artist in Los Angeles to present a video installation projection and computer-run-intermedia work (Ruth Schaffner Gallery, 1974). His work is included in many public and private collections, including LACMA’s Permanent Collection of 20th Century Art. Visit www.tzap-art.com