Fairfield Enterprises Public Art Collective is a technology based partnership that has a unique, placemaking approach to the creation of interactive new media installations. We create beautiful, dynamic monumental electronic installations that are either solar or grid powered. Our goal is to create placemaking public art that is a synergy between the original artists/creators, the art, and – when on site - the viewer, providing the viewer the opportunity to interact with the sculpture, and if desired become a fully active participant. Our approach to art erases the boundaries between art, artist, and viewer. Our mission is to engage the public in our creations so they interact with the installations, play with their colorful displays while exploring their capabilities, and when going on their way have had fun participating in a new, unique experience, are uplifted in their spirits, and have a deeper appreciation for new media art having been personally involved with it in the creative process.
our sculptures are fabricated using a range of incredibly durable materials, depending on the site, that are selected to maximize the creation’s impact as well as compliment the location. These may include: gleaming stainless steel (sometimes colorfully anodized); oxidized carbon steel; epoxy resin fiberglass; Lexan® polycarbonate; polyester holographic film; pigmented concrete; as well as electronics comprised of dozens of hi-powered light emitting diodes (LEDs) that are controlled by on-board microprocessors and proprietary software. The installation’s electronic display is typically in a low activity mode until passersby initiate an interaction by triggering the motion sensors. By moving in and out of the sensor’s detection field observers may interact with the sculpture, switching the software to different sub-programs to display different colors and patterns.
we create robust, durable, long-lasting sculptural installations that bring to the site a shining presence by day and a radiant light show by night, that appeal to people of all ages regardless of their artistic background, and that engage them in an interactive manner. We create green, energy efficient, grid or solar powered contemporary, interactive, new media sculptures that utilize color and light. Aside from semi-annual or annual dusting our sculptures have required no additional maintenance. They are fabricated of extremely durable materials and industrial quality electronic components. We strive for contemporary yet organic creations that are familiar and feel like they belong in the local area and culture. Our works include using the physics of diffraction gratings to display a changing spectrum of colors from incident light as observers move past, and the latest advances in lighting technologies to create a light show of an almost infinite spectrum of color combinations generated by LEDs controlled by on-board electronics and proprietary software designed and written by our team members.
Since 2004 we have completed 12 site specific public art sculptural installations: Tucson, AZ-2; Glendale, AZ -2; San Diego, CA -3; Sonoma, CA-1; Green Bay, WI-2; Roanoke, VA-1; and Lancaster, PA-1. We are currently fabricating a monumental solar powered sculpture for a site in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, and are a finalist for a solar powered public art sculpture in a public park in Barrington, Rhode Island.
Accomplishments / CV
Recent Awards, Public Art and Commissions
2013 July 01: Frankenmuth, MI; selected to exhibit in the Fall In…Art and Sol Solar Sculpture Exhibition; 09.28-10.31.13
June 14: Champaign-Urbana, IL Public Art League 24 month Sculpture Exhibition; selected to exhibit new media sculpture
May 30: Finalist, City of Barrington, RI, Police Cove Park; newly renovated harborside park seeking new media sculpture with marine theme.
May 17: Commission, Town of Silverthorne, CO to create Blue River Rainbow, a monumental, 18’ high, solar powered, new media, stainless steel sculpture of a Rainbow Trout leaping out of the water; sculpture to be located adjacent to the intersection of I-70 and Routes 6 and 9.
May 1: Finalist, Cherry Creek Arts Festival’s Call for Innovation - Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge; explore the role of electronics in art five years from the present; sponsor: Arrow Electronics, Englewood, CO
April 19: Finalist: new media sculpture commission for La Posada Retirement Community, Green Valley, Arizona
March 25: Finalist: Central Oregon Community College Science Building new media installation.
2012 August 13: Commission: City of Lancaster, PA to create a monumental solar New Media Public Art sculptural installation in Brandon Park. Installation: 02.19.13
May 7: Finalist for Cedar Rapids City Convention Center: Focal 3D Installation, Cedar Rapids, IA
April 16: Accepted into the 2013/2014 El Paseo Invitational Exhibition, Palm Desert, CA; installation 11.06.12
March 5: Commission: HSL Properties, Tucson, AZ to create a public art sculpture for their next housing development at Oracle Road and N. 1st Avenue, Oro Valley, AZ.
2011 November 30: Commission: Tucson International Airport to create a Solar New Media Public Art Sculpture commemorating Arizona’s 100th year of Statehood. Dedication 04.25.12
September 5: Finalist for 2 public art sculptures in Dunbar Spring Neighborhood, Tucson, AZ
May 13: Finalist for public art sculpture, King’s Community Church, Southampton, U.K.. June 20: Onsite presentation and interview in Southampton, U.K. Outcome: runner-up for commission.
February 3: Commission, City of Green Bay, WI to create Interactive Immersion, an interactive new media sculptural installation in a 112' long pedestrian tunnel downtown; dedicated 07/04/11; comprised of 22 3’-4’ long fish sculptures that contain light emitting diodes (LEDs) controlled by microprocessors & custom software. Motion detectors trigger various light effects as pedestrians/bicyclists move through the tunnel’s simulated underwater environment. Worked with Green Bay Neighborhood Leadership Council.
January 11: Commission, City of Glendale, AZ, to create a new media interactive sculptural environment - The Colorful Cubic Calliope - for their 28th Annual Jazz and Blues Festival (04/8-10/2011). Calliope contains a large number of light emitting diodes (LEDs) installed in aluminum pipes set in a cubic framework. Microprocessors and custom software control the LEDs. Viewer/participant actions - dancing and jumping around the pipes - trigger floor switches that change the computer program and generate a continuous display of colors, patterns and frequencies from the LEDs in response to music during the festival.
2011 Commission, private ranch owner to design and build welded steel, solar powered entryway gate with sculptural, contemporary, pigmented cast concrete and steel columns for exclusive SE AZ ranch; 12' H X 25' W X 5' D of cast concrete, welded box steel and corrugated steel.
2010 May 21: Commission, Port of San Diego Public Art Department, San Diego, CA Urban Trees 7 Sculpture Competition; for Ask The Fish sculpture, 14’ T x 6’W x 5’ D; installed December, 2010 – November, 2011 on the San Diego Embarcadero, San Diego, CA.