Downtown Public Art Installation Shines Before Super Bowl LV

This month, Lights on Tampa returns, with critically acclaimed, light-based art throughout Tampa’s Downtown. Let the artwork light the way as you experience downtown Tampa on foot, by boat, scooter or car.
(New) Channelside Drive Tunnel – Artist: Erwin Redl

Serving as a gateway into downtown from South Tampa, this installation, Circles Unity, is a series of custom LED rings programmed together as a synchronized ensemble. The gradual transition of the program will illuminate the tunnel walls through unique color sequences. Circles Unity provides unique views from every position while passing through the tunnel either by car or on foot.

Erwin Redl was born in Gföhl, Austria in 1963. With an MFA in Computer Art from School of Visuals Arts in New York and a BA in Music Composition from the University of Vienna, Austria, the artist is able to expand his practice beyond the traditional Fine Art context.

The scale of his installations very often reaches large, architectural dimensions. The artist’s work was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. In 2017 his large-scale kinetic light installation “Whiteout” was prominently showcased at Madison Square Park in the heart of Manhattan.

His work is collected by prestigious national and international institutions as well as private collectors.

(New) Harbour Island Bridge at the Riverwalk – Artist: Andrea Polli

 Biobridge is an interactive artwork inspired by the delicate microscopic ecosystem of Florida waterways and our human impact on it by evoking the effects of bioluminescent bacteria. LED light strips affixed to the underside of the bridge over the Riverwalk, are programmed to provide this experience as visitors move through the space. This artwork was commissioned by the City of Tampa for Lights on Tampa.

Andrea Polli is an environmental artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology.  She creates artworks designed to raise awareness of environmental issues. Andrea Polli is a Professor with appointments in the College of Fine Arts and School of Engineering at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media and directs the Social Media Workgroup, a lab at the University’s Center for Advanced Research Computing. Polli holds an MFA in Time Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a PhD in practice-led research from the University of Plymouth in the UK.