Phillip K. Smith III debuts a spectacular site-specific installation that continues his exploration of perception, light, geometry, and time. Stretching along much of Main Beach (California), the arc forms a visible marker between the man-made and natural worlds, and reflects the changing colors of the ocean, sky, and shoreline throughout the day and night. Viewers may experience 1/4 Mile Arc both from a distance, with vantage points all along the cliffs and street, and from close up on the beach.
Born in Los Angeles in 1972, Smith explores perceptions of light, colour and space in his work.
Previous examples of his installations include a shack clad in reflective bands to partially reflect the arid landscape of Joshua Tree, and a set of shiny cuboids at Coachella festival that transformed from mirrors by day to glowing neon beacons by night.