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Light, Words, Life

Artist
Arlon Bayliss

Location
Upper Parking Garage Elevator Lobby
Central Library

Collaborators
Mary Jo Andersen, Cara Camp, Danielle Nichelson, Lauren Shirer, Charles Baden

Poet
Joyce Brinkman

Made possible by a gift from Frank and Katrina Basile.

Arlon Bayliss’ work greets patrons using the parking garage as they enter the elevator lobby. He uses dichroic glass, which produces exciting qualities of light and color. Within the lobby, two long walls have a single line of light and glass – they accentuate the angled opening of the space. Light bounces off the angled glass – the glass transmits one color and reflects another, creating a colorful display. A shorter wall draws the visitors’ eyes into the space. Here, visitors are rewarded by a closer inspection where details, content, and composition become an important part of the structure. A poem described in colored light encourages readers to think of the importance of words and writing and how they illuminate our lives. Indiana Poet Laureate, Joyce Brinkman, wrote a poem especially for this:

LIGHT
CAPTURED
IN WORDS WON’T
HIDE IN SHADOW
IT EMERGES TO ILLUMINATE LIFE