Dream Leaves

Submitted by Ed Carpenter

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Client: John A. Burns School of Medicine

Location: Honolulu, HI, United States

Completion date: 2005

Artwork budget: $635,000

Project Team

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Ed Carpenter

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Oanh Tran, Project Manager

Ed Carpenter Studio

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Grant Davis, Engineer

KPFF

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Hawaii Architects, Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Architects, Honolulu, HI

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Glass Strategies

Glass Strategies

Overview

John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii. A garden of the mind…a landscape of botanical memories, wildly out of scale, mingling imagery of leaves, hearts, veins in a vast organic world…strange, comforting, protecting. / John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, HI 2005
“Dream Leaves” Exterior sculpture, 72′ x 143′ x 31′, Stainless steel, laminated dichroic glass, concrete, flagstone
This commission is an entrance feature for both the new Medical School and adjacent Kakaako Waterfront Park. Its forms are derived from images of taro plants, for centuries at the center of Hawaiian life and mythology, providing sustenance both physically and spiritually. The composition of stem-like poles and enormous abstract leaves undulates around two sides of the school, enveloping the landscape, and re-scaling the architecture. Laminated glass details change color from different angles and cast lacy, moving images on the building and walkways. Students and visitors pass under and through “…a garden of the mind, a landscape of botanical memories, wildly out of scale, mingling imagery of leaves, hearts, veins in a vast organic world—strange, comforting, protecting.”