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Stacy Levy
Tampa Wind
2009

Natural and Environmental Sciences
University of South Florida, Tampa

Stacy Levy’s, Tampa Wind, is a wind-activated rendering of a section of the Hillsborough River as it passes through the eastern edge the USF Tampa Campus. Fabricated in stainless steel, Tampa Wind reflects the changing light and environmental conditions specific to the site. The Levy commission is mounted on the exterior stair tower wall, running the full height of the four-story Natural and Environmental Sciences facility. There are over 2,000 stainless discs ranging in size from one and half inches to four inches, attached to individual posts that emerge from a stainless plate cut to render the topography of the river. The slightest breeze causes the discs to move, creating an ever-changing field of reflected light that can be seen thousands of yards away from the site. The shimmering effect is not unlike the play between wind and light on water, reminding the viewer of the source of Levy’s imagery and the phenomena of the natural environment.

 


 

Tampa Wind
made possible by Florida's Art in State Buildings Program