Riparian Botanicals

Submitted by Troy Corliss

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Client: Deschutes County Library

Location: Bend, OR, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $60,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Marcelene Trujillo

Art in Public Places, Bend

Artist

Troy Corliss

Overview

A wall sculpture by artist Troy Corliss of Truckee, CA is now installed at the East Bend Public Library in the children’s area. The colorful sculpture titled Riparian Botanicals is a composition of different plant shapes and structures that are interwoven into a botanical tapestry. Multi-colored glass leaf clusters are suspended away from the wall by forged steel frames and the various clusters of glass leaves reflect and transmit subtle patterns of color and light on the walls. Riparian Botanicals is inspired by Corliss’s desire to connect the outdoors with the indoor environment.

Goals

My proposed art design is a low-relief sculptural arrangement that will be installed on the east and south walls in the children’s reading area of the library. This composition offers a series of different plant shapes and structures that are interwoven into a colorful botanical tapestry. Multi-colored glass leaf clusters will be suspended away from the wall by forged steel frames and will reveal successive layers of detail as viewers enter the space of the room.

Process

Cristy Lanfri, member of Art in Public Places said, “Troy's work is a rousing combination of bold steel forms shaping the elements, combined with the fragile, playful beauty of the glass...the wonderful colors are perfect for the children's section of the library, and Art in Public Places is so pleased that the community responded so positively to Riparian Botanicals during our selection process. We are delighted to have Troy Corliss's work as part of the community collection.

The sculpture by Troy Corliss was selected by the Art in Public Places Committee after a public input process in July 2011. Models by the three finalists were on display at the East Bend Public Library for two weeks last summer.

Many people who visit the public Library may never have an opportunity to visit an art museum,” said Assistant Library Director Kevin Barclay. “Thanks to the beautiful work of Troy Corliss and the dedication of Art in Public Places, the East Bend Library has museum-quality art for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.