LBJ School of Public Affairs [Main Floor]

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Client: University of Texas

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $120,000

Project Team

Artist

Gordon Huether

Gordon Huether + Partners, Inc.

Client

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin

Overview

This installation comprises two glass screens and a set of doors for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

The doors depict the timeline of LBJ’s life through images printed on acid-etched glass. A band of red German New Antique glass running across the glass panels is backed beveled glass. LBJ’s philosophy of governing is reflected in the quote depicted from his speech The American Promise − “Our mission is at once the oldest and most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man.”

Goals

The goal for the artwork was to seamlessly integrate these doors and glass curtain walls within the theme of Lyndon Baines Johnson, for whom the school was named.

Process

The glass screens were created with thermally bonded, printed iconic images of LBJ over the 1,000 laws passed during his administration acid-etched onto the glass screens. A band of red German New Antique glass is topped with LBJ’s signature rendered in patinated, laser-cut steel.