Sculptures by Deedee Morrison seen at Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando - Global Convergence
Sculptures by Deedee Morrison seen at Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando - Global Convergence
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Item Global Convergence
Created by Deedee Morrison
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Laser Cut, Powder Coated Aluminum Sculpture with Choreographed LED Lights

SeeArt Orlando Public Art Program - Heritage Square - Orlando, FL - 12’ x 12’

When crafting the theme of the art design for the SeeArt Orlando’s public art project, Morrison reflected on the continued and accelerating effects of our global interconnectedness, as a result technology, infrastructure and lifestyle. The Global Convergence sculpture celebrates our rich diversity as a planet. A 12’ globe was created with laser cut-out patterns with industrial grade powder coated aluminum. The patterns in the aluminum allow the colored panels to vividly showcase the school of Shoal Bass swimming in a blue hue on the interior of the globe. At night the sculpture comes alive with added dimension, interacting in a cacophony of light. The LED’s are programmed to display 12 nightly light shows in rich colors varying from turquoise to deep blue. Morrison worked with local biologist to select the Shoal Bass, which is one of 31 freshwater fish species that are either rare, threatened, or endangered in Florida’s rivers and streams. The Shoal Bass float inside the Global Convergence sculpture in a LED lighting system programmed to simulate the fresh water systems throughout the four seasons in the region.

COMPONENTS THAT MAKE UP THE GLOBAL CONVERGENCE SCULPTURE

THE GLOBE

The cobalt blue globe represents the oceans of diversity. Global Convergence celebrates our rich diversity as a planet and offers a gentle reminder that mankind and nature are ultimately dependent one on another. Our interconnectedness offers tremendous opportunity and the same degree of responsibility - as we live and evolve on this planet together.

OUR OCEANS AND FRESH WATER

The cobalt blue panels inside the globe represent the oceans and fresh water systems. In a world in which it seems that nearly every natural ecosystem is under stress, our ocean and freshwater ecosystems – the diverse communities found in lakes, rivers, and wetlands, seas and oceans – may be the most endangered of all.

A THREATENED FRESHWATER FISH

The Shoal Bass (Micropterus cataractae) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family and one of the black basses. It is native to subtropical waters in Florida. Only described for the first time in 1999, ichthyologists are still expanding what is known about the species. The Shoal Bass is one of 31 freshwater fish species that are rare, threatened, or endangered in Florida’s rivers and streams. The CNC cut-out patterns in the aluminum allow the lexan panels to vibrantly showcase the school of Shoal Bass swimming on the interior panels of the globe in an ocean blue hue, cast from the interior LED lighting system.

LED LIGHTING SYSTEIM

An LED lighting system has been selected for the Global Convergence sculpture project because it offers a universal system that is fully integrated, using low voltage, high weather durability and long life for outdoor applications. Sculpture interwoven into the public realm can serve as a social catalyst and a way to reveal complex ideas and issues in an engaging way. The RGB colored LED lights are programmed to dynamically reflect light and color into the surrounding space, transforming the sculpture with its changing light patterns at night.

SHOAL BASS GYOTAKU PRINTED ON THE LEXAN PANELS

Gyotaku (ghee-oh-TAH-koo), meaning “fish rubbing” in Japanese, is a traditional printmaking technique. In the original method, sumi ink was applied directly to the actual fish, rice paper was gently laid on top, and the result was a life-size impression of the fish – complete with the intricate detail of the scales and fins. When the print was created correctly, the artist’s only finishing touch was to paint the eyes and sign/stamp the finished piece.

ABOUT THE FISH

A member of the Black Bass family of Sunfish (other members include Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted, and Redeye Bass), the Shoal Bass (Micropterus cataactae) is native only to the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint River drainages of Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Once abundant throughout its range, the species has become threatened in recent years with the destruction of habitat and introduction of dams that inhibit migration and spawning – especially in northwest and central Florida.

The Shoal Bass is distinctly different from other Black Bass species, featuring darkly colored vertical bars along its body (different from the horizontal bar typical of largemouth and spotted bass), a deep bronze or yellow-green coloration, a jaw that does not extend beyond the eye, and dorsal fins that are connected; all further differentiators from the Largemouth Bass. Shoal Bass lack a tooth patch on the tongue, a characteristic of Spotted Bass, though they often have deep red eyes – similar to Redeye Bass and the occasional Spotted Bass. The name ‘Shoal Bass’ refers to their preferred habitat of fast-moving shoals or eddies that are adjacent to a swift current.

Meet the Creator

Deedee Morrison

Greenville, SC

Deedee Morrison is a nationally known public artist working on the forefront of designing solar powered and LED sculptures to communicate public priorities and vision. Morrison’s work combines traditional sculpture construction methods with cutting-edge digital design and fabrication technology. As a sculptor and installation artist, Morrison’s work has been heavily influenced by her interest in industrial forms and light. As a result, a unique style has evolved that reflects an understanding of the natural world by incorporating industrial materials, computer numeric control cutting methods (CNC), and organically inspired designs to create solar powered LED light sculptures. By combining green consciousness with forward thinking and sustainable designs, these light sculptures pay tribute to nature’s beautiful efficiency.
Deedee Morrison has been working as a professional studio and public artist for over 15 years and during that period, she has had the privilege of working with libraries, schools, parks, cities and municipalities all over the country to envision public art that embodies the cultural expression, the character and purpose of the project. Morrison’s past experiences have facilitated an integrated approach to art planning which emphasizes active collaborations and partnerships with design teams, landscape architects, architects, engineers and the community as a whole.”

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