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John Powell

Allston, MA

n 1993 Mr. Powell started Light Time in Space, Inc. to seriously look at the development of public art based on the idea that light can be made a palpable part of public projects.    His consulting work with GTE Sylvania led to projects using holographic imaging systems to create “flat lenses”.  Residencies and installations in Denmark at the Gammel Doks Center for Art and Craft led to permanent work for the City of Denver.  Staying involved with the extremes in lighting has turned into a habit, most recently in work with Luminus Devices in Sudbury, Mass to developed a color changing high output LED fixture and Color Kinetics to illuminate Boston’s first new lift bridge in seventy years.

Mr. Powell’s work continues with innovated lighting techniques in both studio work and major installations.  He worked closely with the Charles River Conservancy to illuminate four bridges linking Boston to Cambridge in first decade of 2000.  The Evelyn Moakley bridge (2004) over Fort Point Channel is a Browne Fund project designed and installed by Mr. Powell as was the illumination of the dome of the Cyclorama (1993) and Dudley Town Common (1996) .  Dana Park Quotes, a project commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Council was completed in 2008.  At the WGBH and New Balance world headquarters in Brighton, Mass, Mr. Powell designed and built three 24 foot tall wind driven zoetropes –animating figures installed within the wheels illustrating significant milestones in the history of Brighton, Mass; a commission by the New Balance Company.  And most recently the Innovation Lab at the Harvard Business School commissioned projections that are installed on the façade of their new building at 125 Western Avenue (2011).

Mr. Powell works as a consultant on lighting projects for Fay Spofford and Thorndike and Vanasse Hangen and Brustlin.  Mr. Powell is represented by Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston.www.howardyezerskigallery.com

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