Client: University of Illinois
Location: Urbana, IL, United States
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $80,000
Art in Metal USA
University of Illinois
The University of Illinois held a national competition to find an artwork to place in the atrium of the new Chemistry Annex Building with state of the art laboratories. I felt my series of double and triple Helix suspended sculptures were a perfect fit in this intensive learning environment concentrating on organic & inorganic chemistry.
The ultimate challenge was to scale the chosen sculpture into the limited space in the atrium to allow a maximum of color and viewing angles from 3 floors. The piece had to be visible from the campus area facing the building as well. The use of color shifting dichroic glass provided a constantly changing color symphony as the light changed at the atrium window wall. Additional RBW down lighting with a hand controller was integrated into the ceiling escutcheon to provide even more color variation during day or night.
Doug Reddington, the architect who heads the Capital Programs at IU was a really competent and inspired partner in meeting the challenge of scaling the piece and solving the lighting component which was built into the sculpture suspension plate create an easier installation.