This project was created for the entryway lobby of the new Graduate and Health Studies Building at the University of Tampa. We wanted to have a splash of color and a focal point within this otherwise monotone interior. We chose to cast an intense rich cobalt glass to be highlighted against the white glass wall and back-illuminated with LED strip lighting, behind the glass disc.
The creation of this sculpture was a collaboration between many individuals. Thanks go out to University of Tampa's, Doctor Vaughn for making this commission possible; with the coordination of Michael Murphy Gallery, the skillful ironwork of Rick Sgrillo of Renaissance Iron, and patience of Mark Naugle of Steward Mellon Inc, George Blanchette Photography, Sasha Dalla Costa, Rolf Burer, and my staff, Justin Thompson and Phillip Baker.
The concept of a vortex may be used to describe something which seems like it is whirling out of control, all consuming, or chaotic, swirling around, causing destruction. Like a smoke ring from a fire, a whirlpool, or a cyclone, it is a mass of spinning air, liquid, or fire, which pulls things into its center. A vortex may also represent a metaphysical focal point of healing energy not visible to the human eye. They may be discovered in electromagnetic fields, yet other vortex may only be discovered through observation, meditation and quiet contemplation.
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