Website for event: http://bowerbird.org/sanctuary/
Documentation for a work by rise set twilight (Linda Aubry Bullock and Mike Bullock), developed as part of the Sanctuary residency program at the University of Pennsylvania.
The piece centers around a 1500 lb. iron chandelier in the circular sanctuary space of a former Christian Science church (now called The Rotunda) on the campus of U. Penn. Designed by Violet Oakley and built by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the massive chandelier that once hung from the ceiling now rests on the sloping floor of the vast, domed Rotunda.
rise set twilight were inspired by the graceful, almost alien form of the grounded chandelier. Linda Bullock made porcelain vessels whose forms are inspired by the tapered shape of the original glass bulb covers, made by Tiffany and now mostly missing. Mike Bullock created a sound and light composition utilizing sounds recorded in the highly reverberant space. The sounds – harp, contrabass, and voices – are combined with synthesized sounds created at EMS Stockholm and resonated directly into the steel structure. A series of LEDs controlled to an arduino was set up inside the translucent porcelain vessels, lighting them from within, flashing to patterns derived from Oakley’s own words.
“The Rotunda and Bowerbird are proud to present SANCTUARY, a series of sound based & site specific works created for The Rotunda’s rarely seen main sanctuary. This space – which is covered by a massive 4 story, 80-foot diameter dome – will house new works by seven Philadelphia based artists – John Phillips & Carolyn Healy, Michael & Linda Bullock, Jorge Cousineau, Tiona McClodden, and Daniel Fishkin. These works were created during a multi-month artist residency in the space and offer an opportunity for the public to reimagine the architectural, cultural, and historic context of The Rotunda from a variety of perspectives.”