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MFACA Behind-the-Scenes Look at Erwin Redl's "Whiteout" Installation at Madison Square Park

MFA Computer Arts’ Digital Art Seminar instructor Trilby Schreiber invited artist and alumnus Erwin Redl (MFA 1995 Computer Art) to speak about his recent installation Whiteout at Madison Square Park. The commissioned public art project comprises of hundreds of suspended transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white LED light and it transform the urban landscape of New York City. The students not only got to meet Erwin and learn about his projects but were also given the opportunity to experience the installation during this private tour. Erwin shared his experiences and the long process of creating such a large scale installation starting with the endless proposals to the trial and errors of constructing Whiteout.

Erwin Redl giving MFA Computer Arts students a tour of "Whiteout"

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As a fine artist that works with technology and a current MFA Computer Arts student, it was a very revealing experience and the opportunity of being inside the installation. Erwin took the time to explain the inner works of conceptualization, planning, building and ultimately setting up on site. It’s not often you discover the technical aspect of a public installation of this magnitude, yet its complexities are invisible to the audience because it is an enriching and inspiring experience.
Santiago Messier
MFA Computer Arts Student
Silent downtown beauty
Erwin Redl, Whiteout, 2017. Steel, animated white LEDs, stainless steel cable, low voltage insulated wire. Two sections: each 12 x 40 x 180 feet, overall: 12 x 110 x 180 feet. Collection of the artist. Commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy. © Erwin Redl Photo credit: Moorehart Photography.
trees with no leaves stand in a field with wires surrounding them
Erwin Redl, Whiteout, 2017. Steel, animated white LEDs, stainless steel cable, low voltage insulated wire. Two sections: each 12 x 40 x 180 feet, overall: 12 x 110 x 180 feet. Collection of the artist. Commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy. © Erwin RedlPhoto credit: Moorehart Photography.
There  is a woman in the distance
Erwin Redl, Whiteout, 2017. Steel, animated white LEDs, stainless steel cable, low voltage insulated wire. Two sections: each 12 x 40 x 180 feet, overall: 12 x 110 x 180 feet. Collection of the artist. Commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy. © Erwin RedlPhoto credit: Moorehart Photography.
trees with no leaves stand in the city with buildings lit up behind them
Erwin Redl, Whiteout, 2017. Steel, animated white LEDs, stainless steel cable, low voltage insulated wire. Two sections: each 12 x 40 x 180 feet, overall: 12 x 110 x 180 feet. Collection of the artist. Commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy. © Erwin RedlPhoto credit: Moorehart Photography.
Group photo in winter
Digital Art Seminar class with Erwin Redl. Photo credit: Darren Santa Maria

Whiteout is on view until March 25, 2018. Read SVA’s interview with Erwin here.

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