Filament

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Client: Michigan State University

Location: East Lansing, MI, United States

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $215,000

Project Team

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Grant Davis, P.E., S.E.

Preliminary Engineering: Grant Davis, P.E., S.E.

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KPFF

Final Engineering: KPFF

Architect

Design-Plus

Design-Plus

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Stephan R Graf

Lighting Design: Stephan R Graf

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Hanns Haefker

Glass Fabrication: Hanns Haefker

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Marks Metals

Metal Fabrication: Marks Metals

Artist

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter Studio

Other

Oanh Tran

Drawings, Renderings, Project Coordination: Oanh Tran

Other

Arleen Daugherty

Project Administrator: Arleen Daugherty

Client

Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Overview

Brody Hall, Student Union Building /
“Filament” /
Suspended lobby sculpture /
94’ x 30’ x 30’ /
Powder coated aluminum, dichroic glass, stainless steel cables/hardware. /
“Filament” sweeps through the Brody Hall atrium at Michigan State University like a brush stroke of light and color. A delicate and crystalline gesture in space, it ascends above the stairway, visible from inside and out, night and day, as an invitation into the building and up the stairs to the student dining area. Its form suggests botanical references, and its title derives from the name for the stalk of the anther in the anatomy of a flower. Tautly suspended from the main structural elements of the architecture, the sculpture is conceived to be both integrated and autonomous, born of the building but strong enough to thrive on its own. Morning sun penetrates the east facing curtain wall, striking the sculpture and imbuing the floor and ceiling with slowly moving projections of colored light. At night, carefully placed fixtures illuminate the length of the installation while splashing the ceiling with rich patterns of color and shadow.

Additional Information

Tautly suspended from the main structural elements of the architecture, the sculpture is conceived to be both integrated and autonomous, born of the building but strong enough to thrive on its own.