Interactive light art installation to visit Chattanooga neighborhoods

Authored By seanphippster

An artist will bring her interactive creation to three Chattanooga neighborhoods in April.

Jen Lewin, a world-renowned artist, will bring “The Pool” to Highland Park, East Chattanooga and East Lake April 21-30.

“The Pool” is presented by GreenSpaces and Glass House Collective, and offers each community an opportunity to interact with the art over several days.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Chattanooga community and especially these neighborhoods,” Lewin said. “In the 10 years we have been traveling the world with this installation, we’ve never had the opportunity to work with organizations like GreenSpaces and Glass House Collective, and get deep into the communities and really interact with neighborhoods.”

According to Lewin’s website, “The Pool” is “an environment of giant concentric circles created from interactive circular pads.” It is composed of 40,000 LEDs on 106 computer-powered 3-foot discs.

The idea is to create an environment for play and collaborative movement, creating swirling effects of light and color. Guests are invited to step on each disc, which triggers different light rails, patterns and “Hula Hoop” swirls around them. 

Since 2008, the exhibit has traveled to over 30 major installations worldwide.

East Chattanooga will host “The Pool” at the Harriet Tubman site April 21-23, Highland Park Commons April 25-26 and East Lake Park April 28-30.

A community meeting will be held at Highland Park’s Sacra Coffee Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Ideas can be shared about how best to utilize “The Pool” while it visits each neighborhood.

“The Pool” is made possible by Glass House Collective and other supporters. In addition, Green Spaces’ Empower program will highlight the exhibit as a way to help residents consider how energy use and affordability of utilities affect broader challenges.

“People think about energy through light, and since we are now in our second year of the Empower program, we wanted to have a fun, interactive, education experience in the neighborhoods where we are helping residents save money on their energy bills,” GreenSpaces development director Dawn Hjelseth said. “We can’t wait to see what ideas each neighborhood has to make ‘The Pool’ experience unique to their own community.”