Washington State Department of Consolidated Technology Services

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Client: FYI Properties

Location: Olympia, WA, United States

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $340,000

Project Team

Architect

NBBJ

Interior Designer

NBBJ

Artist

Guy Kemper

Industry Resource

Derix Glasstudios

Overview

Three pieces for the data processing arm of Washington State government were all backlit and within proximity of one another.
Secret Garden, on the main level, is a bug’s-eye view of one’s lawn.
Stellar Wind, immediately above Secret Garden on the mezzanine level, relates to the interconnectedness of cyberspace and gives the impression of a Star Wars shoot-out.
For Laurel, down the hallway, recalls fresh cut flowers and the mood of Springtime.

Goals

The workers wanted something colourful and handmade to provide respite from the digital world they inhabited within the building.

Process

There were substantial issues relating to the seamless integration of the artwork into the walls without mullions and the back lighting.

Additional Information

This was most technically complex project to date. There are three layers of blown glass on one layer of safety glass, with six layers of treatment.