Katz/Klein “Sea Life Stewardship” Santa Cruz Marine Sanctuary & Exploration Center, Santa Cruz, CA. Cast glass with embedded sea life narrative and colored frit encased in stainless steel framework and color shifting LED lighting system. 10’H x 40’W. Completed May 2012. The concept for this project was to bring the unique, beautiful marine life and kelp beds of Monterey Bay into view so as to engender a sense of stewardship for all life in all the people who visit the sanctuary.
The front of the new Santa Cruz Marine Sanctuary and Exploration Center is visible from the Santa Cruz wharf, the beach and the local commercial district. A lively, well-lit art glass rendition of the local marine environment would attract and elicit curiosity to learn more about the marine ecosystem of Monterey Bay. We wanted to create a public art mural that was fun, inventive and uplifting.
We plan to create one major colorful, LED lit wall-mounted artwork on the main wall of the front of the building. Throughout the surrounding local environment and as people approach the building, they will see this monumental scale cast glass artwork. The artwork will be made up of multiple painted cast glass art panels that work together to create one coherent work of art based on the theme of Monterey Bay. Seeing this artwork will whet the viewer’s appetite to learn more about the marine environment.
Being selected in a public art competition is a great honor, and we were delighted when told that the panel unanimously selected us. That's when the collaboration begins. Working on Public Art is essentially the same in terms of collaboration as working on other aspects of public construction projects.
Communication, communication and communication are the three most important components of the collaboration process. There were many participants in the collaboration process for "Sea Life Stewardship" including Crystal Birns from the City of Santa Cruz Department of Economic Development; Lisa Uttal, curator of the planned NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center; Chris Thompson of NOVA Partners Construction; Gary Slater of Slater Sculptures, Tempe, AZ who fabricated the metal framework and Doug Woodward, Woodward Engineering, who put together and programmed the lighting sequences.
Artists need to maintain open communication in design and fabrication with the end users and stakeholders. The artists need to problem-solve with the construction company and, at times, with the architect regarding integration of the artwork into the building construct. Because we mainly fabricate art glass, we hire subcontractors to fabricate the mounting hardware and provide the lighting, and
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