Alumni portfolios

  • "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light." Light sculpture installation for the opening of "Museum Night" in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light." Light sculpture installation for the opening of "Museum Night" in Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light." Light sculpture installation for the opening of "Museum Night" in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light." Light sculpture installation for the opening of "Museum Night" in Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light." Light sculpture installation, Reykjavík, Iceland. Photo by Gunni Prests.
    "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light." Light sculpture installation, Reykjavík, Iceland. Photo by Gunni Prests.
  • "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light." Light sculpture installation for the opening of "Museum Night" in Reykjavík, Iceland.
    "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light." Light sculpture installation for the opening of "Museum Night" in Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light," installation shot.
    "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light," installation shot.
  • "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light," installation shot.
    "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light," installation shot.

Bill FitzGibbons

Biography 

Bill FitzGibbons received his BFA in Sculpture and Art History from the University of Tennessee, and his MFA in Sculpture and Multi-Media from Washington University in St. Louis. he has received over thirty public art commissions in five countries. In 1979, he became the first curator at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1985 until 1988, he was appointed as the Director of Sculpture at the Visual Art Center in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1988, he became the Department Head of Sculpture at the San Antonio Art Institute. In 1991, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar for the Hungarian Art Academy in Budapest, Hungary. FitzGibbons has served on the adjunct faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio and has been the Executive Director of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center since the summer of 2002. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the International Sculpture Center.

Statement 

In February 2010, FitzGibbons was invited by the Mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland, to create a light sculpture installation for the opening of "Museum Night," an annual visual arts celebration. FitzGibbons used computer-programmed LED light systems to develop Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light, which lit the colonnade of the Reykjavík City Hall and the water surrounding the building, creating a spectacular spectrum of moving color. FitzGibbons worked with Sverrir Gudjónsson, a world-renowned countertenor singer, to coordinate on a soundscape composition whose rhythmic meters matched the timing of the light installation. "Öndvegissúlur, Poem of Light is a continuation of my architectural interventions with important buildings worldwide,” says FitzGibbons, who has created similar site-specific LED light pieces for the Alamo (in conjunction with the San Antonio Symphony) and the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio. He has been invited to do one of these installations on an iceberg in Iceland at the Glacier Lagoon (Jökulsárlón) in Spring 2011, as part of their Winter Festival.