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Whiteout by Erwin Redl

Whiteout is an installation by artist Erwin Redl (born in Austria, based out of Ohio and New York) that uses a grid of 550 suspended LED bulbs to animate Campbell Art Park next to Oklahoma Contemporary. The bulbs turn off and on according to a computer program, creating a series of moving patterns that work in tandem with the surrounding environment.

Originally commissioned for Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York City in 2017, Whiteout has been modified by the artist specifically for Oklahoma City. In response to the larger location, Redl built a more intricate layout and to create more complex sequences of animation.

Redl became well known for light installations that played across the facades of buildings. In this incarnation of Whiteout, the lights in the middle of the park interact with nature, reflecting off the grass and trees, swaying as the Oklahoma wind blows. In New York, Whiteout was surrounded by skyscrapers and honking cars. In Oklahoma City, the installation has a more serene environment, and at night, access to the stars.