OOS Sculpture

Light Path Crossing

1987 / Dale Eldred / Cleveland

light path crossing.JPG

Hidden in plain sight, this massive sculpture on the roof of Crawford Hall consists of two huge steel panels, facing south and west. The panels are striped with solar strips. On sunny days, the panels and solar strips catch the sunlight and refract it, morphing its color in a brilliant, luminescent display. But, if you didn't know to look for it, it would be easy to miss, despite being such a breathtaking piece.

It can be tough to see Light Path Crossing from many of the places on campus because it is often obscured by trees, or the Crawford building itself. The easiest place to experience the sculpture (on foot) is to stand between Eldred Theater (which only shares the artist's name by coincidence!) and the Rockefeller chemistry building on a sunny day. Then, as you walk down the wide path that approaches Crawford Hall, Light Path Crossing will bend and morph the light that it catches in a most fascinating way.

Eldred was a sculptor who became more and more focused on intensifying the natural phenomena that happen around us so quietly everyday. Much of his groundbreaking, futuristic sculpture refracts, reflects, and intercepts the sunlight, presenting it to us in a completely different way. Light Path Crossing is no exception.

Location: Case Western Reserve University, Crawford Hall, 10900 Euclid Avenue

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Dale Eldred, “Light Path Crossing,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed May 22, 2022, http://www.oos.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/94.

Title

Light Path Crossing

Description

Hidden in plain sight, this massive sculpture on the roof of Crawford Hall consists of two huge steel panels, facing south and west. The panels are striped with solar strips. On sunny days, the panels and solar strips catch the sunlight and refract it, morphing its color in a brilliant, luminescent display. But, if you didn't know to look for it, it would be easy to miss, despite being such a breathtaking piece.

It can be tough to see Light Path Crossing from many of the places on campus because it is often obscured by trees, or the Crawford building itself. The easiest place to experience the sculpture (on foot) is to stand between Eldred Theater (which only shares the artist's name by coincidence!) and the Rockefeller chemistry building on a sunny day. Then, as you walk down the wide path that approaches Crawford Hall, Light Path Crossing will bend and morph the light that it catches in a most fascinating way.

Eldred was a sculptor who became more and more focused on intensifying the natural phenomena that happen around us so quietly everyday. Much of his groundbreaking, futuristic sculpture refracts, reflects, and intercepts the sunlight, presenting it to us in a completely different way. Light Path Crossing is no exception.

Creator

Date

1987

Subject

Publisher

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture

Identifier

94

Location City

Location County

Location Notes

On the Crawford Hall roof

Provider Qualifier

Funds provided by

Provider Entity

See notes

Location Street

10900 Euclid Avenue

Media Sculpture Height

13 feet, 4 inches

Media Sculpture Width

53 feet, 4 inches

Media Sculpture Depth

2 feet, 11 inches

Creation Date

1987

Materials

Condition Rating

unknown