Behind the Lights Illuminating San Antonio’s Skyline
San Antonio residents and visitors can find themselves entranced by the Bank of America building illuminating the night sky with columns of colorful changing lights. KENS 5 decided to highlight this artwork that hundreds of people see every night, but they most likely don’t know anything about the art nor the artist.
The man behind the lights is Bill FitzGibbons. He told the news that he considers his pieces “light sculptures.” The work on the Bank of America building called “Kinetic Skyline” was commissioned by the building owners about a year and a half ago.
FitzGibbons developed a series of programs that change the LED lights to any millions of combinations of color every month. Around Christmastime, the colors were appropriately red and green. FitzGibbons says that LED artwork has a promising future for downtown areas as it makes for “a more enjoyable and exciting cityscape.”
According to the artist’s website, his work is displayed in five countries around the world, but he has special ties to San Antonio. He was once an adjunct faculty member at Trinity University and the Executive Director of Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in the Alamo city.