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Contemporary neon artist Craig Kraft, known for his wildly curving neon abstracts, takes a different approach with his commisioned work, drawing from the connection between neon and jazz. His public sculpture, “Vivace,” (2005) was inspired by the musical genre, and he says of this inspiration; "Good jazz has an improvisational quality, but it also has an underlying structure. So in this piece, the ribbons kind of gather in the center, but then they kind of move unpredictably from there." The sculpture is ponderous in both size and scope, consisting of bunched neon tubes branching out in a bouquet-like structure from a conical metal base. Numerous colors are used and the exhibit, which is lit only at night, leaves rainbow reflections on the glossy aluminum. The library in front of which the sculpture is placed was built around the same time "Vivace" was conceived, and although Kraft did not work directly with the architect, he notes that the achirtecture of the library and the sculpture play harmoniously off one another.

 

Information courtesy of TBD and artist website