CCT: AIPS profile - Clyde Lynds

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Clyde Lynds
 
 
Stele VII (image pending)
Hartford Superior Court, Hartford
sculpture with fiber optics
gallery beyond main lobby
1986
 

Stele VII is primarily made of cast and carved concrete with optical fibers imbedded in the concrete.  Optical fibers are a thin thread-like material with the property of carrying the light that enters one end through the fibers to exit at the other end.  The fibers are arranged in the concrete (prior to casting_ in various configurations on the surface and exit out the bottom into the aluminum base where they are programmed with a light source.  In the finished sculpture, the light flickers, changing color and rhythm across the surface of the stone and disappears leaving no trace of where it had been.  Although there is some basic repetition the program will take several days to be seen in its entirety. 

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Conceived specifically for location in the Hartford Courthouse this sculpture is designed to express the dignity and authority the location would seem to require. 

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Balanced on a base reminiscent of classical architecture, the column rises up out of a broken, rough-cut mass of stone.  Characters abstracted from languages of our various civilizations will flicker quietly across the surface forming at times into a whole suggesting an ancient edict or proclamation.  On occasion, a jagged line of light will rise up from the bottom cutting across the stone to reach the top where it will extinguish.

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The surface at times will go blank and bright pinpoints of light resembling stars will slowly descend from the top suggesting perhaps, another scale of thought.

The other side of the sculpture has five grooves incised in the surface of the stone.  Columns of lights in these grooves will move in opposition to one another, at times in orderly progression at other times in a chaotic flickering of light.  Finally they will all disappear and a single point of light will make its way up the stone. 

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Sunbench (image pending)
Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
exterior sculpted bench with fiber optics
entry plaza of J.Eugene Smith Library
1998
 

A piece of art often engages its viewer in different ways at different times of the day.  The artwork of Clyde Lynds does just that.  Sunbench is both a sculptural and functional work of art with a surface illuminated by optical fibers imbedded in concrete.  At night and on cloudy days, the fiberoptics are visible and contain two alternating images of programmed light that fade from one scene into another.  One illustrates the minute particles and beginnings of life, while the other portrays the macrocosm of a night sky.  Together, the visual images display knowledge that can be found within the walls of the J. Eugene Smith Library, before which the bench stands.