Artistic rendering of Eric Tillinghast on blueprint background

Swirl

Eric Tillinghast
Location: Hydro Lobby
Installation: Jan. 2023

Swirl is a sculpture that utilizes waters’ tendency to spiral to create a swirling water form that falls through the center space of the stairwell at Hydro into a large catchment vase in the lobby. Swirl will consist of a rotating spout mounted to the ceiling of the third floor which emits a single stream of water that spirals down through the center space of the stairwell and is caught by a large vase form on the first floor. By illuminating the sculpture with programmable LED strobe lighting, the water will not only catch the light as it falls but will also appear to be moving in slow motion, or even floating, as though it’s suspended mid-air.

About the artist

Eric Tillinghast was born in 1974 in Los Angeles, where he currently lives and works. In 1990-91 he attended the Virginska Konst Skolan in Orebro, Sweden, after which he studied Industrial Welding Santa Barbara, California. In 1995 Tillinghast established a studio in New Mexico, where he earned his BFA from the College of Santa Fe.

Tillinghast’s works have been exhibited at The Albright Knox Gallery, The Long Beach Museum of Art, Galerie der Stadt Mainz Bruckenturm, in Germany, the New Mexico Museum of Art, Rocket, in London, P.S., in Amsterdam, LaunchProjects, in Santa Fe, and The Center For Contemporary Non-Objective Art, in Brussels.

Tillinghast has been awarded grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Land Rheinland-Phalz Kulturministerium, the Dallas Museum of Art, and residencies from Listhus, in Olafsfjordur, Iceland, the Kohler Company, in Wisconsin, Centre-Est-Nord-Est, in Quebec, and The Santa Fe Art Institute, in New Mexico. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery, The City of Cleveland Public Arts, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Portland State University, The John Michael Kohler Art Center, The Port of San Diego, The New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas.

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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