31 May Constellation
UnchARTed brought the Sacramento Youth Symphony to collaborate with LED artist, Christopher Schardt of LED Labs. Together, they created a mesmerizing and immersive art experience at Arden Fair for the community and beyond.
The music of Sacramento Youth Symphony was merged with Schardt’s world-renowned, Constellation, a 6-pointed LED canopy, near JCPenney. Visitors had the chance to slow down, sit back and enjoy the moment underneath the structure while gazing up at the lights as they synced to classical music.
Constellation was on view from May 29 – June 20, 2019, with a live performance by the Sacramento Youth Symphony on May 31, 2019.
Video of Live Performance on May 31, 2019 in center court.
Photo gallery of performance on May 31, 2019 in centre court.
To support community collaboration between artists, we had supplemental activations underneath the LED structure by Afro Yoga and Good Inc.
On June 14, 2019, Angie Franklin of Afro Yoga led a 20 minute discussion on wellness followed by a 45 minute yoga instruction under Constellation. About 30 participants joined in on “yoga under the stars.”
Video of “Yoga Under the stars” on June 14, 2019.
On June 11, 2019, over 120 attendees participated in a photography meetup curated by Good Inc. The meetup brought together local photographers and models.
Video of the photo meetup on June 11, 2019. Video created by Good Inc.
About the Artists
Sacramento Youth Symphony
Founded in 1956 as a 55- member youth orchestra, the Sacramento Youth Symphony, under the artistic direction of Michael Neumann, now has a membership of more than 400 talented young musicians from all over the Sacramento Valley region.
Christopher Schardt has been creating large-scale sculptures since 2000, focusing on LEDs since 2013. He works in aluminum, stainless steel, glass, plastics, electronics, and software.Schardt’s pieces are of various sizes and configurations, from 2,000 to 22,000 individually controllable LEDs. The animated imagery displayed depends on the installation. Sometimes a slow, organic pattern is appropriate, sometimes something more photorealistic, at other times psychedelic. Whenver possible, music is incorporated into each piece, dramatically enhancing its impact. Schardt seeks to create sights and sounds that delight and surprise, while staying in concert with the surrounding environment. Many of Schardt’s pieces strive to be a place to BE. Schardt’s sculptures have been installed in various cities and festivals such as Burning Man and Life is Beautiful.