NYC – Rockefeller Plaza: Electric Fountain
Deitch Projects
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Co-produced by Deitch Projects and Art Production Fund, Electric Fountain is a spectacular public artwork by artists Tim Noble & Sue Webster situated in the heart of Rockefeller Center. The design and sequencing of the work, fabricated from 3,390 LED bulbs and 527 meters of neon tubing, replicates the movement of water, creating a hypnotic experience for viewers.

Electric Fountain represents Noble & Webster’s modern take on the world’s oldest form of public art, the fountain. It simultaneously references iconic pop culture symbols, such as marquee signs in Las Vegas and Times Square, and historical fountains built in civic spaces, such as Bernini’s Tritin Fountain. A monument for the 21st Century, Electric Fountain, is a celebration of the spectacle, excess, beauty, and desire of contemporary culture and provocative comment on the nature of consumer society, a theme often present in Noble & Webster’s work.

Rockefeller Center was designated a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1985.

In 2007, Rockefeller Center was ranked #56 on the AIA 150 America’s Favorite Architecture list.

Rockefeller Center National Register #87002591

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