Garden of Learning

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Client: Minnesota Percent for Art, Normandale Community College

Location: Bloomington, MN, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $92,000

Project Team

Artist

Alexander Tylevich

Tylevich Studio

Industry Resource

Steven Bergerson

Bergerson Photography

Architect

Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects

Industry Resource

BKBM Engineers

Client

Normandale Community College

Overview

Two installations, symbolic of a collection of exotic plants or trees, are suspended by stainless steel cables to fill the entire height of the space.

The “leaves” of these installations are made of 3-form material of different colors & textures, and issue a dichroic effect. Letters, numerals and new building blueprints are imbedded within the artistic “leaves.” Some panels contain laminated collections of leaves reminiscent of the Normandale Japanese Garden. The two “flowers” of the installations are made of colored dichroic glass, having more than one color, highly visible when viewed from different angles.

Goals

This Normandale Community College Art Project is composed of several related art installations, which interlock public areas of the college. LED lights also play an important role in the artistic concept.

Process

Commissioned for the State of Minnesota on behalf of Normandale Community College under the Minnesota Percent for Art Act.

Additional Information

Garden of Learning, detail: Two site-integrated sculptural installations. Materials: 3-form, dichroic glass, stainless steel, LED; 32’ x 48’ x 12’.