Client: Minnesota Percent for Art, Normandale Community College
Location: Bloomington, MN, United States
Completion date: 2013
Artwork budget: $92,000
Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects
Normandale Community College
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.
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.
Commissioned for the State of Minnesota on behalf of Normandale Community College under the Minnesota Percent for Art Act.
Garden of Learning, detail: Two site-integrated sculptural installations. Materials: 3-form, dichroic glass, stainless steel, LED; 32’ x 48’ x 12’.