Scottsdale Waterfront 2011 - postponed

The 2011 event scheduled for the Scottsdale Waterfront and funded by Scottsdale Public Art (SPA) has been delayed due to funding problems. SPA is currently exploring other funding sources, including private sponsorships. It is uncertain when the Scottsdale, Arizona BL installation will be rescheduled. BL is currently working on proposals for several European installations for 2012, as well as a possible Mexico City installation for late 2011.

Posted by DA Therrien on Mon, 17 Jan 2011


BL is looking for new interns for our upcoming weekend of spectacle in Scottsdale AZ. We will be working in Phoenix AZ from November 2010 to April 2011, and possibly into the summer for European performances. We have several residential internships available for out of state/country interns.

We are looking for interns with varied skill sets - fabrication, welding, organizational/production, programming, engineering, robotics, video, systems engineering, linguistics, audio engineering, 3D design, CAD, rigging, and more. please send CV to

Posted by DA Therrien on Thu, 30 Sep 2010

Final work in Arizona for BEAUTIFUL LIGHT before the artwork & crew ship out

Work has been done this summer at Therrien's downtown Phoenix warehouse studio by a crew of some 20 volunteers and interns, who meticulously wired, soldered, and assembled thousands of sockets and machined parts.

Engineers Bob Pitzer and Chuck Pitzer, made several design upgrades to 4LWM making it weather resistant, module based for transportation and assembly purposes, and meeting Canadian code.

KLK Machine Shop, also in Phoenix, machined some 1,500 custom parts for the artwork, which were necessary in meeting upgrade needs. Fabrication culminates with the artist and his crew assembling each of the arrays and testing the components. Everything gets taken apart and packed for shipping.

Sound and computer programming team- Scot McKenzie, Jessica Mumford, and Matthew Draving- are performing final tests on their systems for 4LWM. McKenzie's sound tracks for Therrien's work in the past have been reminiscent of electromechanical equipment, possessing an ambiguous and ethereal quality.

Coordinating an artwork and performance of such magnitude requires close coordination between the studio, clients, inspectors, vendors, customs, transport companies, and crew. This week's crew dinner will be preceded by a technical brief by Therrien and an event execution brief by production manager Margaret Bruning.

Posted by Margaret on Wed, 16 Sep 2009

FOUR LETTER WORD MACHINE Prepares for Travel to Canada

Image by John Romero

Following the debut of his prototype 4 LETTER WORD MACHINE in the first Beautiful Light performance in Scottsdale (January, 2009), Phoenix-based artist D.A. Therrien is preparing his large-scale piece for international travel.

The keystone project of Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival, Therrien’s 4 LETTER WORD MACHINE (4LWM) will illuminate downtown Toronto from sunset to sunrise Saturday, October 3rd. Suspended more than 200 feet in the air, 4LWM will be framed by the iconic 1965 architecture of Viljo Revell at Toronto City Hall. Toronto Nuit Blanche is the largest contemporary art festival of its kind in North America. With more than 130 separate art installations and exhibitions, this one-night-only event is expected to draw over one million visitors.

In coming years, both the original prototype and the larger, weather-resistant 4LWM will be reunited in Scottsdale for future performances.

The move from Arizona desert to downtown Toronto demands certain changes be made to Therrien’s existing design. As the night of Nuit Blanche and the FOUR LETTER WORD MACHINE’s Canadian debut draws nearer, 4LWM is being re-designed and rebuilt to better accommodate international display: weather-resistance, electrical standardization, and a 25% increase in size.

Therrien and his crew are in the process of building, testing, and assembling the alphanumeric displays and riggings in their Phoenix studio space. In the coming weeks, watch our facebook page and website for more images and updates about the project’s progress.

Images from the studio documenting the construction process:

Image by Stephanie Carrico

The 4LWM crew work on building the light modules

Image by Stephanie Carrico

Artist D.A. Therrien runs the wiring for a light module

Image by Stephanie Carrico

Therrien and crew test the light modules in the workshop

Posted by Administrator on Thu, 3 Sep 2009
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