CENTRO CHROMA TOWER CELEBRATED AS NEW LANDMARK FOR THE REGION
By VIA on Wed, September 27, 2017
Centro Chroma Tower, an illuminated beacon at VIA’s Centro Plaza, is a new sculptural landmark for the Region. The tower, created by San Antonio artist Bill FitzGibbons, stands at the corner of Frio and Travis streets at Centro Plaza at VIA Villa. It glows with computerized multi-colored LED lights, serving as a beacon for transit patrons while lighting the skyline.
The design concepts for Centro Plaza originated from the vision to present the transit center as a transformative community space within the Cattleman Square historic district. VIA’s commitment to the integration of art and architecture in the design of its facilities includes the 85-foot light tower, serving as a wayfinding element for the area. Centro Chroma Tower provides a strong vertical element on the site, and it allows individuals to locate the Centro Plaza from a great distance.
The piece is constructed of structural steel and perforated metal. It is topped by a circular, perforated pattern in the form a sphere. The LED lights can be programmed in concert with the transit center’s column lanterns to create a “rhythm of light” across Centro Plaza.
“VIA is proud to support local art by providing both a home and an audience throughout our system for the community’s impressive works of art,” said VIA President and CEO Jeff Arndt. “Incorporating Centro Chroma Tower into VIA’s state-of-the-art transit plaza creates a strong architectural element by day and an iconic beacon of light at night, and we thank Bill FitzGibbons for his artistic contribution to the landscape of our community.”
FitzGibbons, an internationally renowned artist, has received more than 30 public art commissions in five countries. He is the former executive director of Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, and was selected by the Texas State Legislature in 2012 as The Texas State Artist for sculpture.
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