Client: Metropolitan State University
Location: St. Paul, MN, United States
Completion date: 2015
Artwork budget: $96,000
Public Art Agent
AVP for Facilities Management Metropolitan State University
Jacquelyn M. Peck AIA, LEED AP BD+C
In Plain Sight Art
In Plain Sight Art
Science Education Building. Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.
Dimension: 11 ft. h x 18 ft. w x 5in. d
Material: Digital glass prints, kiln-formed glass, stainless steel
Description: This work explores the growing nexus between Art and Science and is based on Scientist Thomas Young’s Double-slit Experiment of 1806, which demonstrated that light travels in waves.
Stainless steel and glass waves make material lightwaves that are otherwise below the visible light spectrum. This sculptural ground becomes the surface for micro and macro scientific imagery reflecting scientific disciplines taught at Metropolitan State University. Our work makes lightwaves visible and interactive demonstrating the physics of light. Reflection, refraction, and transmission of light provide a prismatic display as light passes through image and glass.
We worked closely with the science faculty at Metropolitan State University to create and Public art experience that embodies their curriculum and research. We
collaborated to complete an engaging synthesis between Art and Science creating a teaching opportunity for faculty and students.
Using emerging technologies with architectural materials of ceramic and glass best describes our approach to Public art and community engagement. We reveal imaginative relationships between art, site and community providing a meaningful connection to Place. Using a process we call ‘digital glazing,” we create high-resolution color imagery printed with ceramic and glass enamels for fusing to ceramics and glass. Detail, resolution and color are unprecedented as photography becomes completely permanent. As a point of transformation our approach to photography fused to glass and ceramics creates a synthesis between image, material, light and site.