The Parallel Perpendicular installation by artist Phillip K. Smith III is back to its glowing glory. Three panels malfunctioned last week following electrical power outages in West Hollywood. A crew was seen working on the art sculpture yesterday at the Robertson Gardens area of West Hollywood Park, at N. Robertson Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. The panels in question were glowing again by yesterday evening.
“The electrical outage the other day had turned off a couple of the electrical breakers for Parallel Perpendicular,” the artist told WEHO TIMES. “My studio team simply flipped the breakers and the sculpture is back on. I just wanted you to know that the panels were not burned out, but thanks for alerting us so that we could resolve the matter.”
Smith said he’s working with the city and the electrician for the park project to ensure this won’t happen again.
“Having grown up going to the Blue Building with my mom, who was an interior designer, I’m SO honored to have been able to create this artwork for WeHo and the renovated park as part of the City’s public art program,” he added. “It was my hope to create a work that is meditative, calming, celebratory of WeHo and always in a state of change.”
The Parallel Perpendicular installation debuted at the beginning of this year. The art installation is comprised of five free-standing mirrored volumes composed of parallel and perpendicular planes that hover over a 40-foot-diameter circle.
The public art aims to be a fully interactive piece. During the day, these shapes reflect visitors and the park’s surroundings, as well as views of surrounding West Hollywood. At night, the mirrored surfaces become pure fields of color that move slowly through the color spectrum. These colors reflect each other, merging with the colors, creating new spaces of color, projection and reflection.