Cleveland State University Science Building – Commissioned Sculpture

Submitted by Virginia Kistler

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Client: Cleveland State University

Location: Cleveland, OH, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $149,000

Project Team

Artist

Virginia Kistler

Kistler Studio LLC

Artist Programs/Percent for Art Coordinator

Kathy Signorino

Ohio Arts Council

Senior Project Manager for CSU

Dwayne Wilson

Cleveland State University

Overview

This piece is a commissioned work of suspended, interior sculpture, which was commissioned by Cleveland State University and funded through The Ohio Percent for Art Program. The piece is inspired by the double helix, the molecular shape of a double-stranded DNA molecule, and the layering effect is meant to be suggestive of the imaging techniques being used to study molecular structures.
Media: Resin Sheeting, Stainless Steel Cable, Powder Coated Steel, Powder Coated Aluminum
Dimensions: h 17.5′ x w 46.5′ x d 11.5′

Goals

The work is installed in Cleveland State University's Science Building atrium. The client requested that the work represent the fields of Biology and Chemistry and fill the the building's atrium.

Process

In cooperation with a structural engineer, I designed a hanging system above the drop ceiling and a substructure to support the sculpture. Additionally, I worked with the university project manager to arrange the installation and to finalize building integration details.