Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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tinyurl.com/yawdocn5 ) is a collaboration of the McKinley Village development team and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. From Pastry Chef to Lighting Designer The underpass lighting is the design of Michael Sestak, a Sacramento lighting designer. Curiously, Sestak previously had a career as a pastry chef specializing in imaginative pastry creations, apprenticing at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel when he was only 18. He relocated to Sacramento in 1986 to serve as pastry chef for the new Hyatt at Capital Park, and later took his pastry skills to Mace's, Biba's and Ettore's European Bakery. Long fascinated by lighting in various forms, Sestak acquired a California Contractors C-10 license and develop his technical knowledge of lighting design through courses sponsored by SMUD and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, then opened Sestak Lighting Design ( www. sestaklightingdesign.com ) in Sacramento in 2000. In addition to general architectural lighting design, his services include custom fixture design, facade illumination and landscape illumination. He works in the commercial and residential realms. Sestak recently won top honors from the Association of Landscape Lighting Designers for lighting of Sacramento's historic old Governor's Mansion. Working with the McKinley Village development team, Sestak created signature lighting effects that can cast variable color patterns on the ceiling of the underpass, while also bathing the 12 underpass columns in light. This LED installation is fully programmable to change colors and lighting effects. (See video of the lighting @ ( https://vimeo.com/212857575 ) Above: Pick your colors. The ceiling/columns of the underpass are shown with 4 color variations. Sixty lights for the ceiling are housed in custom fabricated metal cages, providing tamper proof security, while allowing light to illuminate the ceiling. Each LED light has its own address that permits an infinite array of programming possibilities. April 2018 39 Lighting by Sestak Lighting Design at McKinley Village Way Underpass, Sacramento "Luminous Passage"

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