A groundbreaking mixed media sculpture created by Los Angeles-based artist Nate Mohler, has been extended for a second year of exhibition.
The stunning interactive “fountain” displays a combination of generative video art on a sculpted cylindrical facade. Culver Current will feature two new shows, the first launched in late July 2021 and will run for several months from dusk to 2 a.m. daily. The second show will launch in late 2021. This temporary sculpture installation was built over a pre-existing water fountain at the main entrance to Dale Jones Town Hall courtyard (9770 Culver Blvd.) taking a modern approach to traditional sculptures and fountains as a central place of congregation.
Culver Current The first new exhibit of 2021 features 15 generative composites of manipulated photographs, including the Hayden Tract, street views and skylines, and the artist and his friends swimming around the sculpture. The work defines several values: the current time, the water current and the electric current. It also reflects the city’s transformation into a creative hub. The artist’s inspiration was the idea of the fountain as a public gathering place, as he reinvented the inactive water fountain on which the custom thermoformed Corian® shell rests. The 9-foot-high steel frame houses 494 LED panels that illuminate the hull.
A free augmented reality (AR) postcard with a digital ribbon cutout and mini video will be available after August 22 at the sculpture’s website. The back of the postcard includes information about the free Pixpand app, which will show you how to view the moving image on your smartphone.
With the support of the Cultural Affairs Commission, the city council initially approved the Culver Current installation in 2019 as part of a year of celebration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Art program in public places of the City. “Thanks to an innovative use of technology, Culver Current brings us a new way of experiencing the built environment and captures the creative energy that defines Culver City, ”said Alex Fisch, Mayor of Culver City. Funding for Culver Current comes entirely from the Cultural Trust Fund which is paid by the developers.
About the artist
Nate Mohler is a media artist who uses technology like a brush to create new and cutting-edge experiences through digital art. Graduated from UCLA 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in design | Media Arts, he is intrigued by the fusion of conceptual art and technology to support social connectivity and activism with unconventional space and sound. Her work focuses on inciting action and questioning through digital mediums such as video mapping, immersive installations, sculpture and video art. Mohler sees each project as an opportunity to evoke emotions, challenge thought or support social change.
“Traditional fountains are feats of engineering and art, capturing the force of nature and reflecting the veins of life within a city. I wanted to reimagine what a modern fountain would look like today, with new traditions and technologies. This sculpture is a reflection of the past, a moment in the present and a discussion of the future, “ Mohler said. The concept behind Culver Current is also a nod to the vision of German philosopher Jürgen Habermas that supporting art and activity in public space leads to a more harmonious society.
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