Situated on a quiet street in Emeryville, Christopher Schardt’s massive studio attaches to the back of his house — making his morning commute a breeze. Amid several large new LED sculptures, he tells me how building the house and studio is still one of his greatest achievements. Christopher has been an artist and engineer for decades, but he only started creating LED art in 2013.
He spins the wheel of his latest piece, “Spokes,” equipped with a Raspberry Pi and dozens of LED strips, and I am mesmerized by the colorful spirals it creates.
People flock to Schardt’s illuminated pieces not only because they are beautiful, but because they create a sense of calming space. His best-known piece, “Firmament,” has toured nationally. People tend to witness his pieces and stay, often lying down to take them in fully. Coupled with music, Christopher’s pieces provide an immersive experience that changes over time.
Sitting beneath his piece “Nova,” Christopher discussed the clear correlation and transition from his musical history through to his current love for LED.