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Christopher Lee
Renaissance Turbine

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


Christopher Lee's large sculpture, Renaissance Turbine, is painted black and made out of steel, glass, copper, and cable.  It serves as a source of light for the Hope Street Arcade, located on the north side of the Renaissance Tower.  Suspended from the high ceiling by a delicate network of strings, it is a beautiful yet sinister reminder of the threat of violence in the undertow of technological efficiency.

This sculpture has two companion pieces nearby -- Renaissance Weather Station, located in the courtyard shared by FIDM and the Renaissance Tower, and Light Refractor Rings, located near the main entrance arcade of Renaissance Tower.

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Renaissance Turbine

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.