Five Orange Spheres

Work

This installation travelled for a period of two and a half years, making its way to urban and rural sites around the United States and Europe. The project was published in LIFE Magazine and in different newspapers in France, Italy and Germany. The compensation for the copyright enabled the project to continue to travel, ultimately reaching a total of 16 installations.

Among other places, the Orange Spheres have been exhibited in Cannon Beach, Oregon; at the Chateau d’Azay-li-Rideau, in France (where the five large spheres floated on the moat); at Palisades Park in Santa Monica, California; at the “Sheep’s Meadows” in Central Park, New York; at Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, California; in Mill Valley, California (where the five spheres appear to march right into a private home), and in the small high-mountain town of Filisur, Switzerland. And they are now also in Andorra.

Location

The Plaça del Consell General (square of the Andorran Parliament) is in the very heart of the city of Andorra la Vella. To the north, it borders with the Casa de la Vall, a historic building that symbolises the sovereignty of the country; to the east with the new headquarters of the Consell General (Andorran Parliament); and to the south it has views over the central valley. It occupies an approximate area of 1200 m2 (40 x 30 m).

Biography

Stuart Williams holds a Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. Shortly after graduating, his interests gravitated decidedly to the fine arts, and finally to Land Art created onsite. Since the 1980s, his monumental site-specific art works have been installed in ranches of California and in the moats of picturesque castles in France. From the Alps to New York’s Central Park, and from Los Angeles to Seattle, his pieces have captivated thousands of viewers everywhere.

His most ambitious installation, “Luminous Earth Grid”, was created within view of a large motorway that crosses the hills to the north of San Francisco. It took Williams five years to raise the nearly 500,000 dollars necessary to make this massive project possible. Cosponsored by the Arts Foundation of New York and the Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, this vast piece covered more than 33,000 m2, with energy-saving fluorescent lights, and sat on an extension of land equalling eight football fields. The project was acclaimed by the international critics.

Williams is now working on a dual light installation in Paris and New York, which will bring the two cities together in a shared public art experience. Another installation by this artist was opened in Dresden (Germany) on 13 February2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the WWII bombing of the city.

“Lebensatem/Dresden” (Breath of Life/Dresden) has transformed the façade of the cathedral with light, making it as though the cathedral were breathing. Williams has been an invited lecturer at countless places including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of San Francisco and the University of California, Davis. He currently lives and works in New York.