Life Tapestries

Submitted by Carolyn Braaksma


Client: Florida State University

Location: Tallahassee, FL, United States

Completion date: 2008

Artwork budget: $90,000

Project Team


Carolyn Braaksma

Braaksma Design Inc.


Brad Kaspari

Kaspari Design Services


Cast and precut epoxy terrazzo with prefabricated brass, aluminum, and Avonite™ imbeds. Approximately 2,000 sf installation for the lobby/reception area of Florida State University's Life Sciences Building.


The design is centered around an “inlaid carpet” that references various imagery and models found in the biological sciences. Special regard was given to themes and species of particular interest to the departmental faculty at Florida State. Many of the pictorial elements illustrate jumps in scale between various plants, animals, and biological structures that share formal characteristics.