Inspired by a Minneapolis Portico

In Minneapolis, there is what I consider a truly remarkable building. It was once called the Northwestern National Life building, and opened in 1965. The colonnade is striking, and sours. The columns are somewhat reminiscent of Doric structure in there number and flared capitals, but far more slender and exaggerated. Walking through them is interesting, as the light strikes the 4 sides of each to create a mix of perceptions, some in shadow, others lighted directly.

In my interpretation, I created three layers of the columns to create the vertical height, then rotated each layer 90 degrees counter clockwise. When lighted, the presentation of the columns lighted from the front, and in shadow are evident from a single vantage point, similar to what you see walking up to the building itself.

In addition to presenting the lighted imagery of the columns, their is a cantilever effect of the open unsupported corner, which creates more drama, and changes as the object is viewed from different angles.

The building that inspired the lighted object.

You can see more of this, and a 360 degree video of it to see they way the shapes change based on lighting and viewpoint at the Archforms Colonnade page within the Lumenique web site.

Perhaps you might have a place to display this, or know someone who does? If so, you will find everything you need to know and see the scale on the web site.

Author: kwillmorth

Photographer and Artist

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