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Rockne Krebs, American artist. Lieutenant United States Navy, 1961-1964. Member of Sons of the American Revolution.


Krebs, Rockne was born on December 24, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of Arthur Sanford and Lorine (Fisher) Krebs.


He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1961 and moved to Washington after he joined the Navy.


While living there, he found love for art at the Washington Color School and was influenced by Gene Davis and Kenneth Noland paintings. = 1968—1976 In 1968 he designed the first three-dimensional laser sculpture which can be found in Long Beach, California. He did the same type of sculptures nationwide in 25 cities and later on he represented United States at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan.

In 1969, he and his fellow engineers worked at Hewlett-Packard in California where their job was to develop some environmental sculptures. On one of such projects he erected lasers at the Mount Wilson's observatory and its stretched for eight miles toward Caltech. The same year, he also created laser sculptures for the Gulf of Mexico and Saint Petersburg, Florida.

In 1976 he created a laser installation for the National Endowment for the Arts at the Kennedy Space Center called Sun Dog and a year later created The One Nigt Stand, which was his first fireworks installations. = 1978—1985 In 1978 he created a collage called Green Air at the Fort Worth Art Museum in Texas and in 1979 he did an installation called Still Green at the Disneyland Hotel. In 1980 he created another sculpture called The Source which was erected in Washington D.C. and the same year looked for approval from Secret Service before he can use argon and krypton lasers over the Lincoln Memorial.

In 1985 he constructed two sculptures in Maryland one called Crystal Willow which can be found in Bethesda the other one is called The Vine Covered Passarelle which is located in Reisterstown Plaza Metro Station of Baltimore. = 1987—1996 In 1987 he erected a Neo-Green laser installation at the Memorial Art Gallery and the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. The same year he commissioned The Miami Line bridge over the Miami River. and four years later built The Red Rived Bridge over Bossier City, Louisiana.

In 1994 he created Pegasus Cloud Projection in Sacramento, California and two years later decorated CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia with the Good Luck World laser projection for the 1996 Summer Olympics. After the Olympics the piece was moved to the Indianapolis Museum of Art where it still remain to this day. = 21st Century In 2005 he did his last project called the Day Star which was erected in Bethesda, Maryland before he died from emphysema on October 10, 2011 at the Washington Hospital Center.


  • During his life he received numerous fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and was also awarded the Illumination Engineering Society Award for his neon art at The Miami Line and Night Beautiful Award from Florida Power & Light respectively.


  • Other Work

    • Exhibitions include Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, 1968, Corcoran Gallery Art, Washington, 1969, United States Pavilion Expo 70, Osaka, Japan, 1970, Art Institute Chicago, 1970, Los Angeles County Museum, 1970, New Orleans Museum, 1971, Philadelphia Museum Art, 1973, Omni-Internat. Complex, Atlanta, 1973-1976, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1974, Art Prk, Lewiston, New York, 1975, United States Bicentennial Expo Science and Technology Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, 1976, Baltimore Inner Harbor, 1977, Fort Worth Art Museum, 1978, Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California, 1979, The Mall, Washington, 1980, Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, 1985, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, New York, 1987, University Rochester (New York ), 1987, Oklahoma Art Center, 1988. Executed laser and neon artwork Urban Scale-Pine Avenue and City of Long Beach, California, 1992, laser artwork Pegasus Cloud Projection at Downtown Plz.

      , City of Sacramento, 1993, neon, laser, fiber optic and search lights artwork Red River Bridge, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1993-1995, animated laser projection Olympics Cable News Network Center, Atlanta, 1996, laser art, The Universe Exhibition at Armory Art Center, Pasadena, California, 2001. Pioneer use of lasers in art. Research, author: The Laserman Letters to Myself, 1996-1999.

      Patentee in field.


In 1989 he installed St. Patrick's Solar Piece at the St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C.


Lieutenant United States Navy, 1961-1964. Member of Sons of the American Revolution.


Married Nizette Brennan, Oct.30, 1991. Children: Heather, Rockne Brennan, Nizette Cameron.

Arthur Sanford Krebs

Lorine (Fisher) Krebs

Nizette Brennan

Heather Krebs

Rockne Brennan Krebs

Nizette Cameron Krebs