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Michael Hayden
Generators of the Cylinder

Project Area:  CT-Historic Core
Project:  International Jewelry Center
Project Location:  550 S. Hill Street
Project Type:  Developer Initiated


Twenty-seven 14'h x 11'w clear plastic half cylinders encase two neon tubes made of argon gas that strobe mercury vapor. These cylinders are attached to the ceiling of the building's colonnade, creating a striking 270' l corridor of lights and geometrical shapes. As people pass by, the body heat activates lights by infrared sensors. A computerized mechanism incorporates this information into an existing program, creating lighting variations of the standard flickering of the neon lights.
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Artist Profile

For more than three decades, Michael Hayden has utilized and manipulated light in architectonic scaled sculptures.  Works by Hayden are in the public collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the National Gallery of Canada, Toronto; and the Van Abba Museum, Eindhoven, Holland.  The artist resides in Santa Rosa, California with his wife, also a sculptor, and three of his children.