Baylor Crossover, Hope Ignites, Glass Falls

Submitted by WALTER GORDINIER

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Client: Baylor Hospital

Location: Dallas, TX, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $650,000

Project Team

Artist

WALTER GORDINIER

Architect

Dan Goodrich

Icon Architecture/Planning LLC

Overview

The project concept began with the artist designing the interfaith
chapel. From there he designed Cross Over, an iconic glass sculpture
inset in the west wall. This is visible from both the interior and
exterior of the chapel. On the interior he designed a cast glass wall
creating a sense of privacy and sanctuary. On the exterior a 40 foot
tall sculpture composed of granite, cast glass and aluminum, the "Baylor
Flame".

Goals

Cross Over is the cast glass sculpture embedded in the wall of the
interfaith chapel. The design emerged from conversations between the
artist the head chaplain of Baylor Hospitals. As you approach the
hospital from the outside, Cross Over is immediately visible.

Process

Baylor Hospital was a large scale multiyear (2) project. The team
included: clients, architects, engineers, general contractors, sub
contractors, interior designers, landscape architects, community,
fabrication and installation specialists. Each brought specialized
skills to the dialog. The design process involved 10 site visits,
regular conference calls to review and present plans, materials,
scheduling and designs as they were being developed. Most importantly
my conferences with the client gave a clear/defining focus for the
direction of the project. The team in a coordinated effort, proceeded
to develop and execute on a design that met the aesthetic goals, and
requirements for engineering, architecture, schedule and budget.

Additional Information

As with many of my projects this is a multi-contract project (5). The chapel, cross over, a cast glass wall, the Baylor Flame(Hope Ignites), and the healing garden. This project was completed in April 2011.