Arts Council Press Release



For Friday, February 23


Artist talk and panel discussion about public art installation “Particle Falls”




The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County



Artist talk by artist Andrea Polli followed by panel discussion of her work, “Particle Falls,” the animated, colorful light projection that will reflect real-time air quality on Winston-Salem’s West 4th Street, February 22-March 24 using a scientific air monitoring device, specialized computer software, and a high-powered light projector.  Colored lights projected on the eight-story, west wall of the Stevens Center represent the amount of harmful particle pollution in the air at any given moment.

Panelists will include David Finn, Artist, Professor of Art, WFU & Chair of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Public Art Commission; June Blotnick, Executive Director, Clean Air Carolina; Dr. Stephanie Dance-Barnes, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, WSSU; and Wendell Hardin, Sustainability Manager, City of Winston-Salem.

Free and open to the public.




Friday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m.




Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

251 N. Spruce Street Downtown Winston-Salem



“Particle Falls” has been displayed internationally —  most notably in Paris at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change.  The Winston-Salem installation is sponsored by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center, Clean Air Carolina, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, with funding from North Carolina Department of Transportation.

About “Particle Falls”


Andrea Polli, professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico, describes Particle Falls as “a large-scale public art installation that acts as a monitor, an alarm and a thing of beauty all at the same time by using particulate air pollution as a basis for a cascading waterfall/lightshow flowing down the side of a building

About Andrea Polli

Andrea Polli, professor of art and ecology at the University of New Mexico, is an environmental artist working at the intersection of art, science and technology.  Her interdisciplinary research has been presented as public artworks, media installations, community projects, performances, broadcasts, mobile and geolocative media, publications, and through the curation and organization of public exhibitions and events.  She creates artworks designed to raise awareness of environmental issues.  Often these works express scientific data obtained through her collaborations with scientists and engineers and have taken the form of sound art, vehicle-based works, public light works, mobile media experiences, and bio-art and design.

Media Contact

Dara Silver

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County


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