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March 12, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu



 ‘Artery’ will reveal hidden movement along pedestrian corridor nightly until April 18

WINSTON-SALEM – “Moving” could be the theme of the sixth annual Winston-Salem Light Project, opening Friday, March 21. Norman Coates, director of the lighting program for the School of Design and Production (D&P) at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), has announced the 2013-14 project will focus on revealing hidden movement along the Strollway from downtown to the Southeast Gateway. The Light Project also “moved” from its traditional fall timeframe to spring.

Titled “Artery,” the multimedia public art installation can be viewed from sunset through dawn every night until April 18. Coates said the installation will transform a half-mile section of the Strollway into a series of arches that mirror the movement of pedestrians and bikers in and out of the city center.

“The arches will be constructed of auburn-colored fabric and lit with custom-made lighting fixtures that react to motion,” Coates said. “Viewers from a distance will be able witness the rhythm of movement in pulses of light as people pass through this artery into the city.”

Artist's rendering of "Artery"

Coates said the name and the location highlight the importance of the Strollway as a southern corridor into downtown Winston-Salem. Once a railway connecting downtown to industrial facilities south of the city, the Strollway now is a pedestrian link between downtown and historical and cultural centers including Old Salem, Salem College, UNCSA and Winston-Salem State University.

“The name ‘Artery’ reinforces the Strollway’s role as a vessel to these locations, and highlights the city’s continuing efforts to revitalize the heart of Winston-Salem,” said, Coates, who is executive director of the project.

Students in UNCSA’s  lighting program designed the project and will provide the technical crew. This year’s designers include seniors Christopher Annas-Lee of Boston; Michael Dodge of Orlando, Fla.; Wesley Forlines of Columbus, Ga.; and Ansel Hollis of Nashville, Tenn.

As a founding member of The Circuit Theatre, Annas-Lee designed the lighting and sets for the company’s  The Valentine Trilogy, Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play and Enron: The Musical. At UNCSA, he was lighting designer for Henry V, She Loves Me and Tender Napalm. He was assistant lighting designer for Triad Stage’s My Fair Lady.

Dodge has designed the UNCSA productions of Street Scene, Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Emerging Choreographers 2012/2013 and Studio III Directing Scenes 2012. He is lighting designer and co-production designer for the end-of-the-year Beaux Arts Ball.

At UNCSA, Forlines lit the Fletcher Opera Institute’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, and the School of Drama productions of Detective Story and The Dragon. He has also designed lighting at the Springer Opera House in Columbus, Ga., and for Piedmont Opera.

Hollis specializes in dance lighting and three-dimensional pre-visualization. He was lighting designer for Winter Dance 2014 at the Stevens Center.

Artery is inspired by the work of Christo and Jean-Claude, designers of large environmental art installations including The Gates in New York’s Central Park in February 2005, a series of 7,503 gates with free-hanging saffron-colored fabric panels. The artists specialize in wrapping or draping structures with fabric. Their other work has included wrapping the Reichstag Building, home of the German Parliament in Berlin; draping the Pont Neuf, Paris’ oldest bridge; and wrapping the monument to Leonardo da Vinci in Milan.

The Winston-Salem Light Project annually produces unique weeks-long installations with light using downtown Winston-Salem as the canvas. Previous locations have included the Stevens Center, the Millennium Center, the Winston-Salem Journal building, and Winston-Square Park. For more information visit www.lightproject.org.


As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.