Light Waves After Thomas Young - CODAworx

Light Waves After Thomas Young

Submitted by Brian Boldon

Client: Metropolitan State University

Location: St. Paul, MN, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $96,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Dan Hambrock

AVP for Facilities Management Metropolitan State University


Jacquelyn M. Peck AIA, LEED AP BD+C

BRBW Architects


Amy Baur

In Plain Sight Art


Brian Boldon

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.

Additional Information

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.