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