Art@Site John David Mooney Spiral Galaxy, A Work in Progress

John David Mooney


Spiral Galaxy, A Work in Progress

Adler Planetarium
In North America, Mooney’s commissions include Crystara, a 30’ long Waterford Crystal and aluminum suspended sculpture created for the John Crerar Library at the University of Chicago; the Miami Wave, a 57,000 sq. ft. paving piece designed for a new entrance to the Miami International Airport; Wild Ricing Moon, a 95’ high sculpture honoring the native Americans for the University of Minnesota Duluth; and Spiral Galaxy, a 16’ high stainless steel sculpture located on the grounds in front of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
Through his transformation of skyscrapers he has created a new art form in the urban landscape and an extraordinary vehicle for public participation. Examples of this new art form include: Light Muse™, the transformation of Chicago’s Tribune Tower to celebrate its 150th anniversary; StarDance for the Atlanta Olympics; Lightscape ’89 in honor of IBM’s 75th anniversary; and Watercolor in Light for the façade of a 17-story high building in Perth, Australia, celebrating the Australian Bicentenary.
The artist’s Art in the Park project for Urbana, Illinois, was completed in the spring of 2012 with the installation of Spirit Tree, a 33’ high light sculpture. Mooney designed all of the park’s components– Falling Leaf, the park’s 12’ high mirrored polished stainless steel fountain sculpture; the landscaping and plant material; the paving; the furniture; and the lighting. Mooney considers this park project emblematic of a true public project, inviting all to participate in a multi-faceted work of art.
The artist completed the design of two entrance sculptures for New Harmony, Indiana, in 2010 and a concept plan for a 70-acre solar park that will take the town 'off the grid' through art. Each of the 780 sixteen-foot square solar panels will incorporate an innovative sun-tracking device that will increase its efficiency.