FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Norwalk-based artist Jackie Lightfield, one of three winning submissions in the history-banner competition, had her entry installed Feb. 28 and it will hang on McLevy Hall through the end of March.
In November 2015, the Connecticut Office of the Arts and Create Here Now, kicked off a series of programs to highlight the innovation history of Bridgeport.
Lightfield submitted a collage titled "Buy Bridgeport," an hommage to the industrial roots of many of Bridgeport's storied industries. Following the motif of a war bond poster, Lightfield's composition featured Marjorie Schneider smiling over a snapshot of 1940s State Street between Broad and Lafayette streets as Sikorsky Corsairs soar overhead.
“Bridgeport has such a great story to tell about its historical innovation, but also about the efforts underway to revitalize the downtown today,” said Lightfield.
In Norwalk, Lightfield has worked on various projects placing history in public spaces. “This has been a large part of the Norwalk 2.0 approach to downtown revitalization,” said Lightfield. Lightfield’s recent installation, currently depicts the history of the Ironworks Building and its context to South Norwalk. The work is on display at the entrance to the Ironworks courtyard. A timeline drives the narrative of how the site evolved over time adapting to the industrial innovations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Lightfield has been leading a renaissance of public art in Norwalk for many years. As an interactive digital designer, Lightfield has explored the intersection of multi-media tools and classical technique to create vibrant original works that transcend time. Color and composition flow seamlessly between abstract layers and original photography. Her career spans serial entrepreneur adventures in the areas of design, marketing communication, product design and community development. Lightfield currently serves as chief problem solver at Norwalk 2.0, a creative placemaking organization and executive director of the Stamford Partnership.
Other works in the series included "Incandescent History," by Willimantic artist June Bisantz, which depicts H. Hubbell's invention of the Pull Chain Light Socket in Bridgeport in 1896.
"First in flight," by another Willimantic artist, Harrison Judd, showcases Bridgeport’s claim to fame as the real home of modern aviation.