Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Project led by Dan Maginn, FAIA while a Principal at el dorado inc.

In collaboration with James Woodfill, the Pulse installation consists of animated light arrays, constructed of steel, hardware and electronics with LED light elements in each box, spanning two nine-story stairwell atriums at opposite ends of the building. Each floor has a unique “signal” involving slowly changing light and sound patterns. Pedestrian movement activates a “second state” of activity at each level. The project is unique in that it creates a strong sense of place (through sculpture, sound and movement) in an otherwise mundane urban environment.  It is meant to be experienced from within the structure as well as from a distance through the glassed in stairwell columns.

Pulse was included in the Americans for the Arts/Public Art Network annual “Year in Review.” It was also recognized by Art in America in the “Public Art in Review” section of their annual gallery guide in 2005.  It received numerous awards from AIA Kansas City and AIA Central States and was recognized in ID Magazine’s Annual Design Review (honorable mention in the Environments category) in 2005.

The installation was commissioned for the George E. Wolf Parking Structure by the Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission One Percent for the Arts Program.


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