Imbedded comfortably with its immediate surroundings, the composition acknowledges MSU’s heritage as an agricultural land grant institution and the more recent RISE (Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment) program that is housed in Bailey Hall. The idea of growth parallels attending an institution of higher learning.
It was important to do something that students would respond to, especially the students in the environmental program housed in this dormitory. I decided to knock their eyeballs out with a burst of apple green and yellow. It's hard to give students too much stimulation these days.
Merging architectural ornament and fine art, the piece works on several levels. It reacts to its context, provides thematic content, and acknowledges the psychology of the viewers.
Michigan State University has a world-class collection of public art. The architectural art committee is very sophisticated and was appreciative of my aesthetic.
The committee gave me all the renderings, interior finishes, and user information I needed to visualize and design a relevant architectural design response, which made the process relatively streamlined.
The response from the students has been the best part of the project. They are stimulated by the art and enthusiastic with their praise.
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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.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
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.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.