Greg Florian VP Finance and Administration, Richland Community College
Fredrick Mayer Elston Metal Tanks
Public Art Agent
Capital Development Board of Illinois Art-In-Architecture Program
Site-specific 107' aerial installation of lenticular thermoplastic polycarbonate and aluminum echoing the eddies of the nearby Sangamon River for Richland Community College.
Consists of helical spirals that unfurl with translucent color bringing vibrant energy to a monotone and cavernous corridor. The spaciousness of the atrium draws our attention upward where we discover radiating curves that swirl and flow. Fluid dynamics is used as a metaphor of a river to echo our movement through architecture, college and life experiences. It is a celebration of the Sangamon River that serves as a way finder for students and visitors through the Richland Community College Student Success Center. The horizontal aspect, color fusion and dynamic arcs represent Richland’s diverse student population and their interconnected studies. It creates a flow drawing students and visitors into the nexus of vital services that are offered within the Richland Student Success Center.
This project was created specifically for the college, its students and community, and in lieu of the surrounding geography. The college was a close partner in the installation process which took one week of assembly and aerial installation.
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