"Communities of Light" was developed for the new Colorado State University Rockwell School of Business atrium. Suspended within a sky-lit atrium, the work is composed of aluminum, stainless and glass and occupies as space that is 18 x 18 x 18’.
The concept for this work began as I learned of the school's unique education of students for outreach to communities and individuals in third world countries — Paul Polak's Out of Poverty being a significant influence. The character of such a mission suggested a welcoming, interconnected life form, a spirit of growth, and visual emphasis on connecting points (the college's social mission). An organic model of business interactions both within a vibrant student community and within global business communities and blooming with color and transparency at points of contact, the concept seemed to offer an appropriate visual narrative.
Selected as a finalist from a national search, alternative concepts were presented to a committee of 10 university representatives (business and art faculty, staff architect and engineer and building contractor). A concept was chosen and developed through additional meetings with the committee and key stakeholders. The sculpture was installed in the last phase of building completion and was directed by Madalyn Yovanoff, now LEED BD C Interior Designer with L2Partridge Architects.
A description of the development process is posted at: http://www.melristau.com/public-part-1.html
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