A sculptural gateway marker for the plaza at the new Humanities Building at Olympic College. Materials: Artist Designed Glass block, Fabricated Aluminum, lighting. Dimensions: 15’ x 13’ x 1’
Barbara Grygutis designed this sculptural environment as a gateway marker for the plaza adjacent to the new humanities building at Olympic College. Two twelve-foot columns, compoed of glass block designed by the artist, are bound together by a tilde-shaped sculptural structure. The columns are lit from within to create soft lighting for all who visit the plaza around the clock.
The signs and symbols included in the work are drawn from disciplines taught at the College of Humanities and were selected in consultation with the faculty and students. Additionally, Grygutis worked with Franz Meyer of Munich glass studio in Munich, Germany to design and fabricate the customized architectural grade glass block.
The achievement of this large scale artwork and plaza, with a relatively low budget, was made possible by additional funds provided by the college including electrical to the sculpture, foundations, and the completion of brick patterns inlaid in the concrete designed by the artist.
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