San Antonio's mayor Ron Nirenberg with Sir David Adjaye at the museum opening. In the background: Sylvie Fleury's installation "Be Amazing" (1999), which can be seen in the lobby.
Whilst the museum's design, which Linda Pace is said to have envisaged in a dream, is more reminiscent of orthodox church buildings, David Adjaye's architectural interpretation of Ruby City speaks an independent, modern language.
David Adjaye describes the Ruby City building as "restrained". Apart from the three skylights, there are only a few windows. Sloping surfaces made of the same special concrete as the facade screen off the direct daylight.
Nancy Rubin's installation "5,000 lbs. of Sonny's Airplane Parts, Linda's Place, and 550 lbs. of Tire-Wire" (1997) in the sculpture park in front of the museum.
Atmospherically dense: the Tillotson Design lighting concept showcases and enhances the striking concrete architecture and at the same time provides a stage for the art.
The colour red played an important role for Linda Pace – as demonstrated by her work "Red Project" from 2001. Shown: the team of the New York lighting design studio Tillotson Design during commissioning.
ERCO dimmable LED lighting tools are ideal for the exhibition area where Texan and international media art is shown. Installation ©: Isaac Julien, PLAYTIME 2014
ERCO track embedded in the ceilings emphasises the sloping, industrial hall-like ceilings of Ruby City and enables a high degree of flexibility with the staging of exhibitions. ©Linda Pace Foundation Collection
Precise ERCO light brings out the finest nuances of surfaces and contours that make up the works of young local and international artists in the Ruby City inaugural exhibition. © Installation: Cornelia Parker, Heart of Darkness, 2004
Found something for the living room? Sir David Adjaye photographs a work from the Linda Pace collection.
The lifting platform enabled the lighting designers to implement their lighting concept for Ruby City on location, despite complex ceiling geometry and room heights of up to 4.6 metres, with the utmost accuracy.
The Parscan range of spotlights met the complete spectrum of the designers' requirements for exhibition lighting at Ruby City: design flexibility due to replaceable Spherolit lenses, a consistent design, energy efficiency, durability and UV-free LED light. Around 200 ERCO lighting tools are installed in the three galleries.
The lighting concept by Tillotson Design, which specifies dimmed lighting at night, links up the art centre with the Texan landscape. In this way, it communicates and reflects the collaborative, social claim of the Linda Pace Foundation.