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Christopher Schardt has been creating large-scale sculptures since 2000, with a focus on LEDs in the past six years. His pieces have between 2,000 to 22,000 individually controllable LEDs which serve as pixels in uniquely-shaped image displays. The animated imagery they present depends on the installation. Sometimes a slow, organic pattern is appropriate, sometimes something photo-realistic and at other times abstract. Whenever possible, music is incorporated into the piece, dramatically enhancing its impact. Schardt is currently working on pieces that combine the animated motion of the LEDs with physical motion:
Schardt has exhibited pieces at Burning Man, Life is Beautiful, Electric Daisy Carnival, and other events. In 2018, he had a piece installed at The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.