Light Sculptures

025 ​Light Sculptures

Jeff Smith
American

​Light Sculptures, 1989

Glass, steel, three panels, each circa 132" x 144" x 48"

The Utah Arts Council, Percent-for-Art Program Purchase


A series of three Light Sculptures hang from the lobby ceiling of the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building. Each includes curved glass surfaces and reflective mirrors that transmit sunlight into the lobby’s atrium. In the winter months, the vertical warm-colored glass surfaces evenly reflect the low winter sun on the south wall. And in the summer, the horizontal cool-colored glass surfaces reflect colored shapes and sunlight onto the main floor and south wall of the atrium. A self-taught artist, Smith often uses discarded industrial materials like the ones used in Light Sculptures. He made Light Sculptures for Utah’s Public Art Program, which designates one percent of construction costs from a new or renovated state public building for site-specific artwork at the facility.