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Christopher Lee
Renaissance Weather Station

Project Area: CT/South Park
Project: Renaissance Tower
Project Location: 501 Olympic Boulevard
Project Type: Developer


Piercing high into the air of the courtyard shared by FIDM and the Renaissance Tower is the crisp silhouette of a steel black mock weather station with a copper directional arrow and wind speed vane. The mock weather station is approximately 40’ h and has a colorful cloth mounted on the tapered 12’ h flagpole. While this sculpture was created to disguise an exhaust duct located in the middle of the development's courtyard, it also serves to activate this space as winds off the street set into motion the sculpture's wind directional vane on top and the wind speed vane below.  According to the artist, this piece acts as a "baramoter of the day" for the public.

This sculpture has two companion pieces nearby  -- Renaissance Turbine, located in the Hope Street arcade, and Light Refractor Rings, located near the main entrance arcade of Renaissance Tower.

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Renaissance Weather Station

Artist Profile

Christopher Lee is recognized for his site-specific kinetic sculptures which incorporate halide lights that reflect off highly polished metal surfaces.  Public artworks by the artist can be found in the College/Rolando Branch Library, San Diego; La Jolla Library; San Diego Center for Children; San Diego International Airport; Wolfstein Sculpture Park: Scripps Memorial Hospital; San Diego Unified Port District; the City of San Diego Public Art Collection; and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland.  Born in Seattle, Washington in 1951, Lee received his BA and MA in Sculpture at San Diego State University, California.   The artist lives and works in La Mesa, California.