MIKE GOULD
Laser Artist

Soleri, So Laser

Soleri, So Laser artist concept Artist Concept
Laser Artist Mike Gould in his studio with 1/10th scale maquette of the Soleri Bridge pylons

Soleri, So Laser is a kinetic, interactive laser art piece destined for Scottsdale, Arizona's Canal Convergence light art festival. This will take place Nov. 8-17th, 2019, at the Soleri Bridge plaza. This is a realization of architectural lighting using laser projections instead of conventional lighting. The intent is to use linear laser art to spectacularly light the bridge pylons with a nod to light reflecting off of water. The colors are predominately a watery blue and green, with a little red added to represent the Arizona sun. This is an example of Lumia, a diffuse form of laser light which exhibits distinctive light-dark banding called interference patterns.

Laser LunchBox Interactivity
To deeper engage the viewer, there are controls available that allow passers-by to vary the speed and brightness of the laser display. These are built into vintage lunchboxes, using crystal jewels as knobs. The large knob on the left controls the brightness of one of the colors, and the other two knobs control aspects of the emitted patterns. Visitors are invited to sit at tables and manipulate the display. There are six lunchboxen, two each controlling the red, green, and blue lasers.



lumia Artist Statement
My artistic focus has always been concentrated on the interplay of art and technology: primarily the interaction between the audience and light. I try to raise light to its purest level, illuminating our world in novel ways to inspire and awe the beholder. And what better way to condense the perfection of light than by using lasers - monochromatic until combined, linear until artistically altered, coherent until molded by esthetic enterprise.