Buell Theater Facade
Central Business District
LEDs, Aluminum struts, Microphone, related equipment
About This Piece
Resonance is a wall‐relief illumination artwork that signifies and celebrates the Temple Hoyne Buell Theater in Downtown Denver, Colorado. It intends to be a soaring, luminescent threshold that captures the attention and imagination of those who walk beneath prior to attending a performance or simply when exploring the downtown area. Spanning approximately 150 feet across the southeast façade of the theater, Resonance is composed of 145 powder‐coated aluminum branching fans resembling a frozen sound wave of vertical lines similar to an equalizer or audio histogram. The branching fans traverse the length of the Buell theatre façade facing Champa commons and its new public plaza. “Resonance” is built on the concept of Doppler shift, which describes the change in frequency or wavelength of a wave from the viewpoint of an observer. “Resonance” is based on the fascinating capability of Doppler effect to induce dynamic motion from stillness using patterns, waves, and interference to make stabile objects appear to move, accelerate, expand, extend, and dissolve.