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Metro Public Art Collection: Stix

Artist: Christian Moeller
Location: Korean Veterans Boulevard Roundabout


Stix is 70’ tall and made of 27 wooden poles. The poles are spaced in an irregular pattern throughout the surface area of the roundabout and the verticality of the poles varies between 0º - 15º from the center axis. The poles are made of red cedar and are painted in stripes of various heights in four different colors: red, orange, light blue, dark blue, and light green. Fifteen up-lights are embedded into the landscaping to light up the sculpture at night, which results in a vibrant display of color, light and shadow.

Moeller says, “When I first saw the project site, my immediate reaction was to do something very tall, with good visibility from afar. It was suggested that the proposed artwork should be highly iconic, keeping in mind that not every piece of public art in “Music City” needs to directly refer to its omnipresent musical past and present.

Stix occupies almost the entirety of the available space and creates an overall volume of urban dimensions. Instead of developing an artwork for the roundabout, my goal became to turn the entire roundabout into an artwork. The result is a large structural piece characterized by color with unlimited 360º viewing angles, making the journey around this roundabout an exciting visual experience. What some people might read as a cluster of gigantic arrows fallen from the sky or scattered horse jumping rails is a piece of contemporary art, which will age beautifully given its composition of native hardwood and vibrant colors.”

About the Artist

Moeller's large-scale, site-specific works interrogate and explore the synergies between architecture and sound, technology and moving image. He works with contemporary media technologies to produce innovative and intense physical events, realized from hand-held objects to architectural scale installations. Over the past two decades, he has increasingly focused on the field of public art; his work can be viewed at Changi Airport (Singapore), National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum (London), Frederieke Taylor Gallery (New York City), Phaeo Museum (Wolfsburg, Germany), SEATAC Airport (Seattle), Centro Cultural Candido Mendes (Rio de Janeiro), and in Santa Monica, Calif., among other notable locations. His 2012 sculpture, Verdi, in Bothell, Wash., received a 2012 Year in Review award from the Public Art Network of the Americans for the Arts.

Moeller, a native of Frankfurt, Germany, was a professor at the State College of Design in Karlsruhe, Germany until moving to the United States in 2001. Currently he is a professor in the Department of Design/Media Arts at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and operates his studio in Silver Lake, Calif.