“Shift” an Art Installation by Julia Schilling, BSLA ’15

Photo by: Colton Mansavage

A new public art project funded by the City of Madison and other donors, has been installed in the Highland Avenue underpass beneath Campus Drive where UW Hospital and Clinics, the UW-Madison campus, and the Regent Neighborhood all connect.

It is the work of artist Julia Schilling (BSLA ‘15), who created the initial design as a class project for the Open Space Design Studio in 2014. After graduation, Julia continued to work on the project as a Post-Bachelorette Fellow in the Environmental Design Lab. Her team included Yi Ding (BSLA ‘16), Alex Wells (Research Program Manager), and Professor Sam Dennis.

After seven years it’s amazing to see this project come to fruition. The installation is about 80% complete and should be finished soon. Visiting at night is recommended as the art is designed to be experienced while in motion and the lights create shifting patterns that can only be seen in the dark.

Read more reporting about the project from the College of Letters & Science and on the City of Madison’s website.