Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis
Showcases New Entryway Panels
by Local Artist
On October 29, the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) will unveil to the public, new entryway panels, as part of RAC’s highly visible public art project. The new entryway panels will illuminate a portion of Delmar Boulevard, one of 10 Great Streets in America*. The panels, designed by local artist Brian Zimmerman, are the third entryway panel installation since the building was erected in 2001.
In 2003, the first set of panels, the bronze Haptic Portal was designed and installed by Lindsey Stouffer followed in 2008 by a second set – Michael Bauermeister’s carved wood Support System. The temporary panels are a highly visible public art project that allows local artists to create new artwork that builds upon his/her body of work and reflects the vitality of the Regional Arts Commission and the adjacent neighborhood and business district. The project rotates every three to five years.
The call for artists to participate in this round of the public art project commenced in May 2014 with nearly 30 St. Louis based artists responding to the request. Brian Zimmerman, a sculptor and assistant professor at Webster University in St. Louis, was selected for the project by a Commissioners’ panel.
Zimmerman’s design, titled Conjoin and Allure is a sculptural light installation consisting of two, twelve-foot tall, mirrored stainless steel panels pierced by nearly three hundred acrylic rods and tubes. The acrylic is illuminated by hundreds of red and white LEDs that make the piece glow from within, mimicking the effects of neon, fluorescence and extra-large fiber optic cables. Conjoin and Allure is meant to showcase the potential and power of the connections between artists and supportive art groups like RAC, and show that while they may not always connect, there is always a spectacle created when they do.
Having previously lived in Las Vegas, Zimmerman spent a lot of time taking in the signage and lights of the strip and downtown. For him, the lights were often more welcoming and enticing than anything going on inside of the buildings, as they promised a warmth and excitement that was grand in scale while still acting as an alluring beacon. For Conjoin and Allure, the use of light, reflected movement and awe are used to create an evocative introduction to the unique work of the Regional Arts Commission and the artists it supports in the St. Louis community.
*10 Great Streets in America – as named by the American Planning Association, 2007
About the Artist
Brian Zimmerman is a sculptor and assistant professor at Webster University in St. Louis. Zimmerman holds a BFA in Painting and Art History from the Kansas City Art Institute, and a studio MFA focused in sculpture and public art from the University of California, San Diego. His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and through public art commissions in Texas, California, Nevada and Missouri.
About the Regional Arts Commission www.racstl.org
The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is at the forefront of efforts to transform St. Louis into a more vibrant, creative and economically thriving community by elevating the vitality, value and visibility of the arts. It is the largest annual funder of the arts in the region, and since its inception in 1985, RAC has awarded more than 6,700 grants totaling over $93 million to support nonprofit arts, individual artists, cultural organizations, consortiums and programs. Directed by a board of 15 commissioners appointed by the chief executives of St. Louis City and St. Louis County, RAC is a pivotal force in the continuing development and marketing of the arts in the region. Visit www.racstl.org for more information, or follow us on Facebook at Regional Arts Commission or Twitter @RACStLouis.