A philanthropic collaboration between local engineering, design and installation firm, ProCal, and a generous individual donor and friend of OMA, Knox Williams, was the perfect solution to the museum’s budget concerns. Inspired by a tour they were given, ProCal—strong believers in the value of public art for the health and beauty of a community—chose to donate the entire project, with Mr. Williams contributing the initial seed money.
Ketra’s S38 track lights were chosen to replace the previous MR16 track lights, and arranged using a rectangular track system. To make it easy to use every feature of Ketra's tunable lighting to its full advantage, ProCal also included a Lutron control system. The level of flexibility provided by this combination of technologies makes it possible to implement a nearly endless variety of custom lighting scenes throughout the space, which can be changed and rearranged as new displays and collections are installed.
After consultation with museum staff, the display areas were grouped into north, south, east and west tracks. Each lamp was then individually numbered for additional clarity. While the initial programming was completed by the project’s lead programmer, Chris Stout, training on how to use the system was also conducted for several members of the museum staff.