B. Jane Cowie designed and developed architectural artworks for the lobby reception of the Conrad Hotel, Beijing. During design development, Cowie researched and developed casting techniques and colour creation at YouXuan Studio, Guangzhou. Working directly with materials and makers, she individually hand painted the 1,185 ARTglass blocks. Cowie then arranged and number each block to ensure the artwork image was correctly created and orientated once installed.
The Armour Screen is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Chinese auspicious images, combined with scenes from the China Merchants Group history to create an artwork imbued with history, movement, refracted light and flowing chi.
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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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