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Imago

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Client: Texas Discovery Gardens

Location: Dallas, TX, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $250,000

Project Team

Artist

Michael Vandermeer

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Cheryl Hamilton

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Overview

Seven hand-blown glass and cast stainless steel mobiles to adorn the newly renovated Texas Discovery Gardens atrium. These mobiles are thematically connected to the museum's Butterfly Vivarium by referencing insect life stages.

Goals

The Texas Discovery Gardens buildings are some of the USAs oldest original Art Deco designs. The building facade features an exquisite bas relief marble carving of the flowers and fauna of the area. Imago was created to fit with themes and designs while referencing the Museums current mandate of public education.

Process

The collaboration involved input from the building architects who undertook the renovation of these historic buildings. They informed us of the design constraints of the building structure and the historic significance of the building design. The Museum staff were excited by our proposed referencing of insect life and the possibility of using the sculpture to help fulfill their educational mandate.

Additional Information

We worked with a very talented team of glass blowers in Seattle Washington lead by Erich Woll. As part of our design process we did a full scale cardboard mock up for the museum staff and designers to approve.