Client: University of Louisville
Location: Louisville, KY, United States
Completion date: 1999
Artwork budget: $45,000
University of Louisville
A unique mobile, approximately 12' in diameter and 25' H. stainless steel
The building was about 20 years old when I was given the opportunity to build this artwork. Animating the atrium space had been a dream of the Dean, and when I was chosen for another commission for the facade, he hired me.
The concept was submitted to the Music School Dean and faculty, all of whom I regarded as clients as well as stakeholders. In what may be an unusual case of teamwork, these people were enthusiastic about the idea, sketches and plans from the outset through completion.
The atrium mobile was titled The Search for Musical North because there are independent components that symbolize the diverse group of musical interests at the School, and each of the components rotates separately on an axis like a compass needle. Because all of these musicians respond to a profound inner impulse that drives them to create and render their different gifts, it is this impulse I deemed musical north, as a way to honor them all.