I'm currently in New York engaging in a kind of anthropological data collection - looking through museum archives, conducting interviews, etc. One of the targets of my stalking is Anthony McCall, an important artist, and whose medium is light. Among his current projects is a large public commission from the U.K. which will coincide with the 2012 Olympics. It’s called Column, and the materials are ‘air and water.’ McCall says the work came essentially out of sharing a bottle of wine with an old friend, a physicist and inventor named John McNulty.
Some links to press descriptions of Column, which will draw a dynamic line of mist into the vertical horizon and disappear into the sky:
Creative Review - including a video clip of the piece in scale model
And a couple of recent interviews:
Museo Magazine - on the technical backdrop to Column, other large public projects in New Zealand and New York, and on the social texture of public art