“Exhale” Sculpture Mist Turned Off For Winter
As in years
past, the fog mist from the “Exhale” steel sculpture at 140 West Franklin
Street Plaza will take a breather for the winter.
Due to near freezing temperatures this week, the sculpture’s fog/mist capabilities has been shut off to promote public safety and ensure no water freezes on the plaza. “The winter hiatus will help preserve the sculpture’s pipes and mechanisms,” said Jeff York, the Town’s Public Art Administrator.
Depending on the weather, the fog and mist feature will reactivate in early April 2018. The sculpture’s computer-programmed LED lights will remain on so passersby can still enjoy Exhale’s waves of colorful light during winter nights.
The Exhale sculpture, designed by Mikyoung Kim, was completed in April 2013. According to the artist: "Exhale moves beyond art as object, and suggests transition, interaction, and activation -- a place to observe people on the plaza, making them an active, integrated part of the art piece."
For more information about the public art in the 140 West Plaza: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=245