Clemson Genus Project - CODAworx

Clemson Genus Project

Submitted by Klari Reis

Client: Clemson University

Location: Clemson, SC, United States

Completion date: 2014

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Denise Detrich

Clemson University


Nico Barredo


Klari Reis


The artwork titled “The Clemson Genus Project” is composed of 600 unique, vividly colored, circular petri dish paintings. The paintings span three floors of the Life Sciences building and Reis allowed the students to name each of the 600 individual paintings. Atelier InSite, the Creative Inquiry group tasked with bringing public artwork to Clemson University, received more than 200 applications from artists, but they chose Reis because of her stunning, eye-catching work and her proposal related most to the goals of the project, which requested an interactive element.


Goals were to create a multi floor dynamic installation that reflected the values and energy of the Clemson University Community working in the new state of the art Life Science Facility. Klari worked with the students as well as the contractors and architect on the project to complete and installation.


A class of about 25 students chose Klari for the project and worked with her and her assistants directly on graphic mockups, design, layout, and hanging hardware. Over the course of the creation of the works, Klari set up a blog where the students voted and then chose the titles of all 600 works of art.

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