Open Door is an illuminated portal, a door of vivid, colored glass. It is a symbol of a bright transformation and adventure that begins with creative, innovative education. Measuring 15 feet high, 8 feet across, and 2 feet deep, Open Door acts as visual and thematic counterpart to Wave of Knowledge. Wave of Knowledge acts as inspirational metaphor, suggesting a beautiful educational journey and boundless exploration expressed in a bright gradient of color. Wave of Knowledge measures 14 feet high, 150 feet long and 2 inches thick.
WAVE OF KNOWLEDGE, and OPEN DOOR are crucially present at the threshold of the Richard Desich SMART Centers for Microtechnology, a state of the art facility devoted to the exploration of design, technology, and innovation.
Artist Shan Shan Sheng worked with architectural consultants and structural engineers to fully integrate "Wave of Knowledge" into the Robert Desich SMART Center. She also worked side by side with world-renowned glassmaker Peters Studio from Germany to create the glass windows.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
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Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
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