Art Area I: Mikyoung Kim
Art Area II: Gordon Huether
The intersections of West Franklin, West Rosemary, and Church Streets, Chapel Hill, NC
Ram Development Company dedicated one percent of the overall project budget to public artwork. Public landscape artist Mikyoung Kim was selected to develop an arts master plan for the site that responds to the life cycles of light and water - phenomena that highlight the sense of place in Chapel Hill. The Plan identifies two areas for public art: Art Area I and Art Area II.
For Area I Kim created Exhale: a sculpture of folded, layered and perforated stainless steel skin that emanates light and fog through its textured surfaces. The fog when activated rolls from one end of the sculpture to the other. The imbedded computer-programmed LED lights intermittently create waves of color across the sculpture’s surface. The artist-designed plaza paving and other hardscape elements compliment the sculpture by repeating the curvilinear flow of Exhale throughout the plaza. 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."