"Technology Columns"

Ames, IA

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Art Studio Overview:

The City of Ames looked to RDG Dahlquist Art Studio for the design of a dynamic sculptural lighted marker in order to create a gateway or entry corridor from Interstate 35. A series of lighted columns were developed to frame the entrance to Ames and create a new identity and sense of arrival. The symbolic icons speak to the growing technology and vitality of the community. The project grew to become a pilot project entitled "Light and Stone," located along the exit ramp on US Highway 30 to the intersection of Southeast 16th and Dayton. The definition of illumination is to "enlighten,"as in to share knowledge. The lighted beacons, or sculptural candle forms, are placed in a colonnade, or line, welcoming you to the community, the way one might place a candle in the window. The project has continued to expand through an Iowa Department of Transportation Community Enhancement Grant, the City of Ames, South Ames Business Association, and other private funding.

Lighting Design Overview:

A series of 40' tall lighted columns are designed to frame the entrance to Ames and create a new identity and sense of arrival. The symbolic icons speak to the growing technology and vitality of the community, and become a welcoming "gateway" from Interstate 35 into the Ames community.

  • CLIENT: City of Ames, Iowa
  • COMPLETE: May 2013
  • SIZE:
    Columns each 32' tall by 10" diameter
  • AWARDS:
    • CODAawards - Merit Award - 2015
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    Urban Design