We are Stardust and Our Celestial Bodies are a two part project for Einstein Weiler Hospital. 'Stardust' is a segmented fused art glass and steel wall that visually anchors the far end of the hospital lobby. The wall is 12' tall and 13' long. 'Celestial Bodies' is immediately to the left of the main hospital entrance and visually anchors the waiting area. It is made of fused art glass in circular, monolithic appearing surrounds. The two parts relate visually and thematically.
It was important to create a strong spatial, thematic, and material dialogue between the two parts. We Are Stardust takes its inspiration from the original hospital namesake, Albert Einstein, and his work that is the foundation to our understanding of the observable universe through his theory of relativity. The design evokes a spiral galaxy suggesting the cycle of life and one's place in the universe as well as connections through human experiences. The colors of the visible light spectrum directly reference the use of Einstein's magnetic light wave theory applied in medical imaging, drawing comparisons between the interior world of the human body and the great external universe. Where Stardust speaks to humanity and our place in the universe, its sister piece, Celestial Bodies speaks to individual and unique souls that form that galaxy. The glass discs are reminiscent of portholes that look through the wall to something greater, while the patterns, both complex and captivating, encourage people to study them and their optic qualities, achieving moments of contemplation and calm in an otherwise busy and stressful setting.
Multiple material disciplines and techniques came together in this project. My full scale glass design drawings depicting the exact color and location of each of the thousands of pieces of glass were used by Bullseye Fabrication to layout and fuse the glass. It was great to work with them in their studio on the fabrication technique. Our metal design drawings for Stardust were developed into comprehensive fabrication drawings together with One to One Architecture. The metal framing and face plate, fabricated by AGM, was assembled in their studios with our team. The design and fabrication of the Celestial Bodies surrounds were made in house. Coordination and site preparation was made seamless by curatorial staff.
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