Conveyor

Submitted by Barbara Cooper

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Client: Olive-Harvey College

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $190,000

Project Team

Artist

Barbara Cooper

Barbara Cooper Studio

Client

TDL Center, Olive-Harvey College

Olive-Harvey College

Metal fabrication and suspension system

Steve Mueller

Vector Custom Fabricating

Installation

Roger Machin

Methods and Materials

Overview

Conveyor, 2020, suspended in the hallway of the new Olive-Harvey College TDL Center, Chicago, Illinois. Wood and perforated stainless steel 122’ long x 5’ high x 7 ‘ wide.

This building serves the transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL) industry whose goal involves finding simple and elegant solutions for the complex movement by humans and objects through time and space. Conveyor is intended as an expression of movement as it oscillates down the hallway between the classrooms on one side of the hall and the lab/shop situations on the other side of the hall. The central vortex of the piece goes both deep and broad, referencing the depth and breadth that students can achieve in their studies. The vortex alludes to the possibility of the cells in the serpentine form exploding into something much larger and complex.

Goals

The piece is intended to provide both a wayfinder from the building’s entry doors into the heart of the building, as well as a metaphor for the goal of building community as individuals move temporally and spatially together through their lives and along their educational and career paths. As with the experience of education, Conveyor changes in perspective as it is seen from underneath on the first floor, along its expanse on the second-floor balconies at either end of the building, or through the vertical windows in the offices lining the second floor.