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Christopher Lee
Light Refractor Rings

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


Light Refractor Rings are three small-scale sculptures suspended from the high ceiling of the arcade near the main entrance of the Renaissance Tower.  Through these sculptures, the artist explores the issues of the reflection and refraction of light and power sources.  Made of steel and copper, they serve to activate the space below by reflecting its copper and metal elements and creating light rings along the arcade's floor. 

This sculpture has two companion pieces nearby -- Renaissance Weather Station, located in the courtyard shared by FIDM and the Renaissance Tower, and Renaissance Turbine, located in the Hope Street arcade of the Renaissance Tower.

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Light Refractor Rings by Christopher Lee

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.