Overture Center for the Arts

    Madison, Wisconsin, USA

    Photo Credits: Zane Williams

    Arts center rotunda glows, day and night

    Color, light, and architecture converge at Overture Center for the Arts, where a central multi-story rotunda glows by day and by night. Its octagonal glass dome draws daylight into the majestic space, while another form of light takes over after dusk—intelligent LED lighting from Color Kinetics.

    Designed by Cline Bettridge Bernstein, the lighting concept called for four tiers of cove lighting to encircle the rotunda’s balconies, forming concentric rings of illumination. The desire for programmable color and color-changing effects, coupled with the difficult-to-access location, led the design team to choose iColor Cove (now specified with PureStyle Compact Powercore, IntelliHue), which allows for customizable color without the maintenance requirements of conventional lighting methods. In addition, its controllability allowed for the desired interaction of color with the plaster form of the rotunda’s walls. The lighting was programmed with a DMX system that triggers an interface to iPlayer 2, which stores and plays a two-hour program that shifts through various effects in a loop. The program includes color crossfades on all tiers simultaneously, and riser effects where the colors change one tier at a time. Additional effects were programmed for special occasions and seasonal events.

    This crowd-pleasing light show provides the perfect complement to the Center’s forum for artistic expression.
    Project credits

    Lighting Design:

    Cline Bettridge Bernstein


    Cesar Pelli Associates, Potter Lawson & Flad Architects

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