Ba O Ba - Berlin






Over the past two decades, Keith Sonnier has received international recognition for his large-scale works specific to renowned landmarks. In 2000, the artist created a temporary neon installation on four façades of Peter Zumthor’s Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, entitled Millennium 2000. The large-scale installation coincided with the exhibition Keith Sonnier: Environmental Works 1968-99. In 2003, the artist transformed Gordon Bunshaft’s iconic Lever House with a site-specific installation as his first major architectural presentation in New York City. Prior to BA-O-BA Lever House, Sonnier explored the possibilities of neon with a temporary installation for the exterior of Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin in 2002, entitled BA-O-BA Berlin. In 2004, the artist created one of Los Angeles’s largest public installations. Motordom (2004) illuminates the courtyard of Thom Mayne’s Caltrans District 7 Building as a permanent installation of red neon and blue argon.


Sonnier’s architectural neon installations in public spaces have earned him wide acclaim in an international context. More than 20 important public commissions by the artist have been realized since 1981. Included among these commissions is Lichtweg (or Lightway) at the New International Airport, Munich (1989-1992), a permanent installation that spans the 1,000 meter walkway of moving sidewalks,linking terminals and orienting passengers in a pathway of light. Additional installations include: Kansas City International Airport (2006); Munich Re Headquarters in Munich (2002); Pfarrexpositur St.Franziskus, Roman Catholic Church, Steyr, Austria (2002); Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington D.C. (1998); Bureau of the Census, Bowie, Maryland (1997); and the Miami International Airport (1996). His most recent commission (2014/2015) is in Vaduz, Lichtenstein for First Art Foundation.