168 Lightbulbs

a photo of the 168 lightbulbs installation

In 2001, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust commissioned Jim Campbell to construct a public art piece to complement his 2001 solo show Time + Data at Wood Street Galleries. What starts off as an abstraction of lights then slowly consolidates into the skull of Claude Shannon, the famous engineer and mathematician lauded as “the father of information theory” built this piece using 168 LED lights. With an aesthetic medium similar to Jim's iconic "low-resolution art," 168 Lightbulbs is a direct homage to Claude, from whom the artist found much inspiration for his own repertoire of information-based works. 168 Lightbulbs can be viewed outside of Wood Street Galleries.