"TIDAL SONG" - Trump Tower Pedestrian Bridge, New Rochelle, New York, USA
in collaboration with Catherine Widgery
Client: JMC Art Partners
Photo credits: Valery Lyman, Catherine Widgery
Technique: Mouth blown antique glass laminated to structural glass, sensors, speakers, programmable LED lighting
DESCRIPTION: In this work pulses of light and color sweep across the bridge and curl up to the new Plaza. “Tidal Song” links New Rochelle’s traditional connection to coastal waters with dynamic energies of ‘now’ Nature’s forms are woven in a language of technology. During the day, direct and indirect light makes the stained glass luminous, projecting the blues and greens across the floor. At night, the whole volume of the bridge becomes a light box with a colored glass skin. The glass is etched in such a way as to offer rich effects at an intimate scale while the etching catches the light both day and night.
My concept outstripped the budget and no other glass fabricator would touch this project, but Peters Studios said they would figure out a way to make it work. It was a joy to work with their team and the mouth-blown glass of the Czech Republic. In the end, “Tidal Song” won an international award for glass art and was featured in Sculpture magazine. After this project, I decided that Peters Studios was my go-to fabricator.
– Catherine Widgery, Artist