Looking Down

A series of sculptures are installed in a parking lot. The sculptures are about 12feet high, with steel armatures that are mounted in the ground. they have sheets of plywood attached to them at a 45 degree angle that catch the sun.

Photo: Mary Gordon


April 6 – July 26, 2024 


Artist List

Randy Fernando
Michael Hoover
Christopher Romano
Zorawar Sidhu
Rob Swainston

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In collaboration with UB School of Architecture faculty Christopher Romano, Michael Hoover, and Randy Fernando; New York City-based printmakers and artists Zorawar Sidhu and Rob Swainston; and UB Art Galleries staff we proudly present Looking Down, a temporary installation designed for the safe and interactive observation of the total eclipse on April 8th and in place through July 26. 

Inspired by the intricate carving and layering techniques evident in the woodcut prints that artists Sidhu and Swainston used in their UB Anderson Gallery exhibition, and built from the plywood panels the artists salvaged from boarded-up windows in New York City in 2020 and 2021, Looking Down incorporates constellations of holes that will activate as the moon moves in front of the sun during the total solar eclipse.  

The transformed remnants from the printmaking process now function as conduits for projecting light – allowing viewers to witness the celestial spectacle together, looking at the ground as a projection plane and a safe field to observe the passage.

How to Use

How to Interact:
Interacting with the sculpture is encouraged! Turn the sculptures by holding a corner of the plywood and pushing or pulling gently. The poles may creak or squeak - not to worry.

If visiting during Gallery hours, all are welcome to stop inside the Gallery to view the sculpture and its projections from our second floor to see it from a different angle.

Things to consider: 

Depending on the angle of each pole the light spots cast from the holes in the boards on the ground may appear clearly or fade in and out. Why do you think they only visible at certain angles?

As you turn the boards, watch the shadows they cast on the ground. What changes?