November 17, 2016

This is Howe I See It

Anthony Howe’s kinetic sculpture has joined the Main Street District.

Main Street’s most iconic symbol, Eye by Tony Tasset, now has company.

The opening of Forty Five Ten on Main has brought pieces that will get your heart pumping to Downtown—a turquoise-and-diamond tiara from the Faerber Estate, Maison Margiela gowns and, and Saint Laurent handbags. Yet outside the three-floor shopping emporium towers Lucea, a 25-foot tall kinentic sculpture that artist Anthony Howe hopes will achieve quite the opposite effect.

“I wanted to show people something that slows their heartbeat down,” Howe says “I wanted to create something that gets them to a more meditative state, to make their lives better. That’s really what I’m looking for.”

Pronounced lū-see-ah, the work of art in the Elm Street motor court continually undulates, expanding and contracting in on itself, thanks to the natural wind currents. Brought to the Main Street District by Headington Companies, the work’s mesmerizing motion is meant to reflect the energy of the surrounding neighborhood—vibrant, constantly changing, and worth watching.

Lucea adds to the growing and expansive art collection housed on Main Street, scattered between Forty Five Ten and The Joule (Andy Warhol, Catherine Opie, and Andrew Quo are just a few of the artists in the collection).

Both large-scale pieces, Eye and Lucea, certainly inspire different reasons to stare. How you do it—perhaps with a glass of Champagne in hand— is up to you.

The Details: Recognize Howe’s name? The artist gained international notoriety when his work was on display at the 2016 Rio Olympics.