Open Door - CODAworx

Open Door

Client: Lorain County Community College

Location: Elyria, OH, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $409,000

Project Team


Shan Shan Sheng

Industry Resource

Soon-min Kwon

Miyamoto International, Inc.

Industry Resource

Jan Peters

Peters Studio, Germany


Open Door is an illuminated portal, a door of vivid, colored glass. It is a symbol of a bright transformation and adventure that begins with creative, innovative education. Measuring 15 feet high, 8 feet across, and 2 feet deep, Open Door acts as visual and thematic counterpart to Wave of Knowledge. Wave of Knowledge acts as inspirational metaphor, suggesting a beautiful educational journey and boundless exploration expressed in a bright gradient of color. Wave of Knowledge measures 14 feet high, 150 feet long and 2 inches thick.


WAVE OF KNOWLEDGE, and OPEN DOOR are crucially present at the threshold of the Richard Desich SMART Centers for Microtechnology, a state of the art facility devoted to the exploration of design, technology, and innovation.


Artist Shan Shan Sheng worked with architectural consultants and structural engineers to fully integrate "Wave of Knowledge" into the Robert Desich SMART Center. She also worked side by side with world-renowned glassmaker Peters Studio from Germany to create the glass windows.