Synchronicity of Color for Kosovo was a project commissioned by Art in Embassies. It is an immersive architectural glass spiral that was inspired by the rhythm of patterns and structures within the National Library of Kosovo in Pristina created by architect Andrija Mutnjaković. Sitting in the middle of the embassy courtyard, the spiral plays with color and light and stands 9' tall with a diameter of roughly 15' wide. It is composed of forty 9' by 1' stained glass panels, each one hand painted with the flat glass studio of Franz Mayer of Munich in Munich, Germany.
It was important to the artist, Margo Sawyer, that the work be celebratory for this new moment in the history of the young country of Kosovo. Sawyer wanted to create a piece that was representative and encompassing of what the culture of Kosovo currently is and what would influence its culture in the years to come. Through an initial site visit, she was able to gain a brief understanding of the vernacular architecture of Kosovo and was drawn specifically to The National Library of Kosovo, which became a muse for the entire project.
Art in Embassies asked me to develop ideas for this new embassy. Sawyer Studio developed four designs, the last of which we had never made and had no idea how to build. That being said, all were excited about this idea of bringing an architectural translucent spiral into fruition. I was concurrently making a project with Franz Mayer of Munich and it dawned on me that I should be making the work out of glass. Franz Mayer were the perfect collaborators. Their knowledge of architectural glass construction was crucial to the realization of this project. The fabrication and installation and installation was flawless in all aspects. The artwork magically appears from the plaza, the substructure invisible to the eye, as if you are walking into a stained glass window curtain Working within the confidentiality of an embassy poses unexpected challenges. It take a village to create works of art of such a grand scale. From the architects and construction crews, the glass and metal crew of Franz Mayer of Munich, the Art in Embassy staff, and the precision stone carvers- it was their willingness to work with me that helped me actualize such a monumental work.
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