Anna Valentina Murch
SkyTones
1998

LOCATION
Benaroya Hall, The Boeing Arcade
3rd Avenue and Union Street

FUNDING SOURCE
Seattle Symphony 1% for Art, Seattle City Light 1% for Art


In SkyTones, Anna Valentina Murch uses light to replicate the changing colors of the sky in the Boeing Arcade of Benaroya Hall, home to the Seattle Symphony. Located in five niches along the upper level of the Boeing Arcade, concealed horizontal lines of fluorescent lights with color filters are programmed to create an abstract reference to a dissolving twilight. The five niches, each with three-foot radius corners which amplify the illusion of depth, connect horizontally. Each niche has its own dimmer, so the effect not only changes from top to bottom, but from south to north across the length of the arcade. Three different programmed sequences run during concerts.

The artist states the "modulation of color and light affect the atmospheric quality of the entire Boeing Arcade. As the west view of the sky is hidden by the building, this horizontal band of subtle, dissolving light will create the illusion of seeing a sky through the building."