Los Angeles, CA, January 24, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Artist Proposes On-Trend Off-Grid Lantern
Imagine standing on a lakefront, in rushing northerly winds, in the middle of the night, in the middle of winter. Artist Cath Gates comments, “If you don’t know what to do, a nightlight might be the answer.” ‘Winter Stations’ is an international design competition hosted in Canada, where public art projects are a winter activity. The recent jury reviewed a few proposals that included off-grid lighting solutions, including this artist’s bright red lantern.
Cath Gates proposed a diptych, a two-part composition: a bright red lantern and an enclosed space. Both elements of this public art installation act as a catalyst, which was the 2017 competition theme. The lantern draws attention by being visually noticeable and the enclosure is a space for social engagement. The red lantern functions as highly-visible signage, creating an attractive destination. Arriving to the lantern, visitors would enter the conical shelter for protection from the cold wind.
Cath Gates is an artist living in Los Angeles. After working in architecture offices and making it through the 2009 economic downturn, she now applies design theory to marketing the e-commerce business at cathgates.com. Cath adds, “My e-commerce website is the current venue for my Pop Art period and I’ve joined the trending entrepreneurial social movement that is happening.” Cath started the website cathgates.com by basing it on one important assumption which she claims, “Commerce is an ordinary social medium for communication.”
Cath’s art is influenced by an architectural education, which emphasizes the coordination of ethics and aesthetics. “Architectural theory and its practice are both always juggling the practicality and the appearance of a design proposal,” says Cath, reflecting on how the principles of design are important to her work. Social engagement is an important activity that makes human interaction a high priority. The artist admits, “I’m honestly very surprised to have made space for business and marketing ideas in my creative proposals.”