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Charlotte, North Carolina

Michael Hayden (

Duke Energy Carolinas, 526 South Church St, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202
Owner:  Duke Energy (
Date:  1996
Placement:  commercial buildings
Collection:  Arts & Science Council Public Art Program
Artwork Type:  light art
Material:  LEDs, aluminum (metal)
Description:  “Quadrille” is an 80 foot square, multi layered holographic and computer controlled neon sculpture, located 200 feet high on the south wall of a building utilized by Duke Energy, visible to commuters and from Bank of America Panther stadium. Fabricated in four layers, the base contains 1,000 ft. of articulated holographic mirrorized grating, laminated onto two foot aluminum blades. During daytime, if the viewer is walking or driving, the sculpture will reflect prismatic rainbows at the same rate of speed as the observer’s pace. By night, 53 neon elements programmed in hundreds of distinct random animations, flash red, yellow, blue and green in staccato rhythms. The linear puzzles build gradually from the center or corners in partial vectors, then accelerate and spin in brilliant configurations until completely illuminated. Hayden collaborated with electronics engineer Guy Marsden, Rebekah Younger and Milton Komisar to program the complex displays for “Quadrille.”

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