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Light and Movement at Rockefeller Center

Behind the heavyweight Atlas sculpture that upstages 630 Fifth Avenue is a tranquil artwork of light and sculpture that transforms the lobby of the International Building as an art gallery. Commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller himself in 1978, Ihara’s Light and Movement envelops the triple-height lobby into a citrine haze, flanked with 1600 cut-gilded panel leaves that hover on steel cables. The piece itself span 35 feet of the north and south walls, dwarfing the visitor, and making one feel as if they have entered some sort of ancient temple. As the visitor passes through the lobby, the pieces seem to move, as their shadow are cast from the varying light beams.

Who: Michio Ihara
What: Light and Movement
Where: Lobby of 630 Fifth Avenue

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