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Watkins Visiting Artists Series: Christian Moeller
In conjunction with the unveiling of “Stix” (located in the downtown roundabout), Christian Moeller will discuss his career, including public artworks around the globe, during a lecture at Watkins.
Mr. Moeller will offer a free presentation in the Watkins Theater about the inspiration for Stix, in addition to speaking about his other public artworks and career. His appearance is part of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series and is supported by the Metro Arts Percent for Public Art program.
Stix, which occupies almost the entirety of the available space at the roundabout and creates an overall volume of urban dimensions, is 70’ tall and made of 27 wooden poles spaced in an irregular pattern. Made of red cedar, the poles are painted in stripes of various heights in colors of red, orange, light blue, dark blue, and light green. Fifteen up-lights are embedded into the landscaping to illuminate the sculpture at night, resulting in a vibrant display of color, light and shadow.
A native of Frankfurt, Germany, Christian Moeller studied architecture at the College of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt) and at the Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna). After working in the Stuttgart architect’s office of Günther Behnisch, he commenced as guest artist in the Institute for New Media in the Städelschule, Frankfurt, under Peter Weibel. In 1990 he founded his own artist studio and media laboratory in Frankfurt. From 1995 to 1997, Moeller headed the ARCHEMEDIA research institute at the College of Design in Linz, Austria. He was a professor at the State College of Design in Karlsruhe, Germany, until he moved to the United States in 2001. Currently he is professor in the department of Design Media Arts at UCLA and operates his studio in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Stix is part of Metro Arts’ Percent for Public Art Program, a larger initiative designed to build Nashville’s public art collection and deepen cultural access and participation for all Nashvillians. In 2000, a Metro ordinance was passed that earmarks one percent of the net proceeds from general obligation bonds issued for new or major renovation construction of Metro facilities to be set aside for the creation of new public art projects. Stix is the 43rd artwork to be added into the collection.
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