Reflections to Mist was created for Sam Houston State University Woodlands Center, a new building on the Lone Star College Campus in the Woodlands, Texas. The piece stands 39-foot-by-25-foot and scales the entire height of the four-story entry stairwell. The images were inspired by the pond and wetlands area as viewed out the window from the stair landings. Hand-formed ceramic renditions of pollen, wetlands wildlife and microscopic life are placed throughout the bottom two floors of the piece. The mosaic extends outside the building along the wall further integrating the space with the natural surroundings.
The goal of the artwork for the building was to promote the identity of Sam Houston State University in its new extension campus in The Woodlands, Texas. Lush vegetation covers the main campus of SHSU main campus in Huntsville, TX and the client and architect wanted to emphasis the unique natural environment of this new location. The location for the artwork is central to the building as it is the main stairwell and the main entrance for students. The piece would also be used as a way finding point and place marker for the building.
As the chosen artist, I met with WHR architects very early in the project to locate possible sites for artwork. We worked together to design the stairwell to accentuate the 39-foot-high mosaic, revising the shape and size of the mosaic many times. Mosaic was the chosen medium for its ease of maintenance and ability to engage the grandeur of the space. The natural imagery outside the large windows across from the stairwell inspired the pond imagery in the mosaic as well as the extension of the mosaic outside the interior space of the building. A 9-foot-by-6-foot exterior section of mosaic greets visitors as they enter the building from the parking garage. It stands as an exterior way finding point and integrates with the interior mosaic to help guide people into the building. Collaboration with the architect in the design phase enriched the experience of the artwork and the building as a whole.
REFLECTIONS TO MIST, 2012
39’1" x 25’9", hand-glazed tile, smalti glass, and hand-formed ceramic tile
Sam Houston State University Woodlands Center, The Woodlands, TX
Fabricated in conjuncture with Mosaika
Photos by: Hall Puckett
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