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Posted on: April 29, 2022

New art at the Natatorium: ‘All In’

Distance photo of All In art piece near large windows in the foyer of Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium is showing off new art in its front foyer. The piece, ‘All In,’ is comprised of approximately 1,000 acrylic rods made with sensors that react based on movement, audio levels, occupancy and distance.

‘All In’ was created by Erik Carlson and Erica Carpenter of AREA C projects.

About the piece
‘All In’ is built on a 14.5-foot-wide-by-18-foot-high-by-14-inch-deep wall-mounted base with a highly reflective polished surface. This base is pieced and layered to resemble a watery span of reflected sky or a view downward into a lagoon.

From this surface rises a grid of roughly 1,000 rods, each set stop an LED node. Made of dense, translucent, highly polished clear acrylic, these rods resemble clear cores of ice. Collectively, they create a surface for the artwork's moving patterns of light. The light-based water visualizations playing across this array provide the visitor with a sense of the overall energy present in the building at a given moment.

Who chooses Allen’s public artwork?
The City of Allen Public Art Committee appoints a selection panel responsible for adopting the guidelines used to choose each new piece of community art.

The panel begins the art selection process by putting out a call to potential artists. After reviewing each artist’s submission and conducting interviews, the panel narrows the list to a group of finalists who present their concept drawings to the selection panel.

Following the presentations, the panel chooses a lone finalist. The Committee then presents the artist’s concept to City Council, who holds a workshop to review, and, potentially, approve the art concept.

Pictured: Photos of 'All In' at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium

Close-up photo of the tubes that make up 'All In'Floor view of 'All In' with windows off to right sideDistance photo of 'All In' near large windows at the front of the facility

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