Young at Art Museum Wins Prestigious CODA Award for “The Cave”

DAVIE, FL – South Florida’s Young at Art Museum is a place that is well-known for helping children learn about math, science, and art, collaboratively. In 2012, Peter and Sharon Exley of Architecture is Fun, Inc. collaborated on a work with lighting artist Tracey Dear of Dear Productions called “The Cave” at the Young at Art Museum in Davie, FL to bring interactive lighting to the hands of children, teaching them about art and science. The team is being honored with a 2014 CODA Award for Education from CODAWorx for The Cave, which uses 90 of Iluminarc’s Ilumipod LOGIC series LED luminaires.

“Art history begins with cave painting. Young at Art's framework is about creating an authentic experience, positioning a modern cave in which you view and become part of that timeline of art. As opposed to a pretend or scenic cave,” said Sharon Exley, president of Architecture is Fun, Inc. “The cave is an enticing and entertaining destination, serving as metaphor, meeting place, orientation theatre, art-making space, and mini-classroom.”

Young at Art Museum features The Cave as the central attraction for children. This education pavilion and orientation theatre is the first "art object" visitors see when they enter the building, creating a central focal station for the children as they work their way through the building. The Ilumipod fixtures create an affordable, long-lasting source of mini-event lighting, programmable and affordable that spills out of the super whiteness of the cave. The emotive RGB LED fixtures combined with the cave's mysterious concert-like programming immerses young visitors in an enthralling 4D rock and roll timeline of art history.

Given the reality that this space is designed and intended for children and immersive learning, Architecture is Fun, Inc. and Tracey Dear had to specify fixtures that were intense yet low power and safe for young hands. “We were faced with security and accessibility issues, as the Cave is designed to be open on both sides. We used 90 Ilumipod fixtures, networked and mounted in panels at every height,” says Exley. “Our team chose Iluminarc because they were low heat performing in a small, tight space, safe enough to be touched by little hands, fit within the wall's shallow depth, and vivid enough to counter the openness. The system of LEDs is flexible enough to match the massive video content.”

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