Art for a new administration building reflects the energy and water sources employed by a municipally owned utility. At the main entrance, a sandstone column is carved on both sides with a relief map of a local river and images representing the ecosystems and human activities that depend on its water. The river is represented by a ribbon of bronze that becomes a ribbon of light after dar,. A stone bench and concrete retaining walls in the landscaped approach to the building feature relief images representing solar, wind and fossil fuel energy sources utilized by the city.
The artwork is intended to support public awareness and appreciation of the resources behind the city's utility services, and help create a distinctive entrance for the new facility.
This was a design-build project. I worked closely with the design team to integrate the artwork with building's architecture and landscaping. Continued coordination throughout the construction process allowed for efficient fabrication and installation of the art elements.
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