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2012 Design Awards

Design Award Recipients 2012

Shakespeare Machine

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The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
A Project of the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art Program,
the Department of Design and Construction, and the Public Theater
Ben Rubin

Suspended from the ceiling of the Public Theater’s newly renovated lobby, Ben Rubin’s sculpture celebrates the intricate lexicon of Shakespeare’s work. The piece consists of 37 electronic display panels, each dedicated to a specific play, that radiate out from a central oculus. Fueled by computer algorithms that identify syntactic commonalities, the piece displays excerpts from each play in white LEDs. In a search for bodily nouns, Much Ado About Nothing offers “his queasy stomach” and Richard II puts forth “my unpleased eye.” With its endlessly variable selection of lingual patterns, Shakespeare Machine is a mesmerizing artwork that truly takes center stage.

Design Team

The Office for Creative Research
Ben Rubin, Artist; Michele Gorman, Architectural Designer; Ian Ardouin-Fumat, Software Developer and Designer; Jer Thorp, Software Developer and Designer

Columbia University
Mark Hansen, Director, David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation & Professor of Journalism

Perfection Electricks
Marty Chafkin, Principal

Parallel Development
Will Pickering, Principal

Guy Nordenson and Associates
Rebecca Laberenne, Associate Partner; Carl Fosholt, Engineer

Ennead Architects
Duncan Hazard, Partner-in-Charge; James Polshek, Design Counsel; Stephen Chu, Project Designer; Damyanti Radheshwar, Project Manager; Kevin Baxter, Project Architect; Edward Christian, Architect; Gregory Smith, Architect

Paula Scher, Partner; Drew Freeman, former Associate Partner

Radiant Consulting
Noah Matalon, President

Westerman Construction Company
Lloyd Westerman, Principal; Daniel Wrzesinski, Senior Project Manager; William Carr, Site Supervisor

Department of Cultural Affairs
Kate D. Levin, Commissioner; Margaret Morton, Deputy Commissioner; Andrew Burmeister, Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects; Sara Reisman, Percent for Art Director & Design Commission Liaison; Reina Shibata, Percent for Art Deputy Director

Department of Design and Construction
David J. Burney FAIA, Commissioner; David A. Resnick AIA, Deputy Commissioner; Eric Boorstyn, Associate Commissioner; Michael Nastasi, Assistant Commissioner; Victoria Milne, Director, Creative Services; Faith Rose RA, Senior Design Liaison & Design Commission Liaison; Konstantinos Kritharis, Program Director; Steven Wong, Pass Throughs Program Director; Xenia Diente, Percent for Art Liaison; Hilda Schneider Epstein, Senior Project Manager; Roberto Petrucelli, Deputy Program Director; Lili Khansari, A&E Team Leader

The Public Theater
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director; Adrienne Dobsovits, Director of Capital Projects & Government Relations; David Loewy, Assistant Director of Capital Projects; Ruth Sternberg, Production Executive; Ishmael Figueroa, Operations and Facilities Manager