The goal of this project was to create luminous entry art for this locally funded facility that conveys feelings of discovery, hope, expansiveness, love, courage, and possibility to children, teens, and families struggling with mental illness and substance abuse. It is comprised of 80 square feet of edge-illuminated, high-polished, 1/2" thick carved and etched crystal panels of Donor Recognition and a coordinating Founder's Tribute.
The artwork in this project was an integral part of it; none of the images were commissioned separately.
The foundation director, interior designer, mental health counselors, and lead designer collaborated to create Donor Art that would also inspire kids to look deeply into themselves – beyond their problems and addictions – practice mindfulness, and remember how many people (in this case, Amberwing's donors) care about them and want them to heal. "Inside" the teen and child biking silhouettes – an effect created by using two layers of etched and carved crystal – the kids see that an entire beautiful universe exists, from macrocosmic nebula to planets, tiny butterflies, snails, a proud stag and doe, and much, much more.
We have been very moved by the powerful response to this installation. The counselors use the panels in the children's healing process and passersby are also touched. "People are so moved, they cry in front of these Donor Walls," the foundation's director reports. "And using artwork instead of just a list of names elevated everything about the act of giving, it elevated everything the community had come together to do." Finished July 2012
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