Roots of Knowledge

Submitted by Holdman Studios

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Client: Utah Valley University

Location: Orem, UT, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $3,500,000

Project Team

Artist

Tom Holdman

Holdman Studios

Artist

Cameron Oscarson

Holdman Studios

Artist

Michelle Wayman

Holdman Studios

Artist

Nick Laywer

Holdman Studios

Artist

Dallin Orr

Holdman Studios

Art Consultant

Ross Wolfley

Holdman Studios

Artist

Shae Anderson

Holdman Studios

Art Consultant

Trevor Peterson

Holdman Studuios

Artist

Michael Bradford

Holdman Studios

Artist

Debora Zalazar

Holdman Studios South

Artist

Claudio Correa

Holdman Studios South

Art Consultant

Matthew Holland

President, Utah Valley University

Artist

Sylvia Laks

Overview

The Roots of Knowledge is a stained glass masterpiece measuring 10′ by 200′. Located in the Bingham Gallery of the Fulton Library at Utah Valley University (“UVU”), this artglass window artistically tells the story of Humankind’s gaining of knowledge through recorded history. Within the windows are 43,000 pieces of cut, hand-painted, carved, fused, and blown glass. Included in the mural are artifacts, such as computer chips, ancient coins, fossils, and even a piece of the Berlin Wall.

Goals

The original design was conceptualized by Tom Holdman to show the power of the individual and the difference one can make in the world.

Process

Holdman Studios designers worked closely with a team of UVU scholars and students to design each of the 80 windows. Once each window was designed, a team of Holdman Studios artists hand-painted thousands of the individual glass pieces and another Holdman Studios team built, insulated and installed the completed windows. This project has become the UVU Engaged Learning “poster child” by successfully combining the talents of students and faculty with the Holdman Studios team to create this new form of educating.

The ten-year project was completed on time and unveiled on 18 November 2016. The visual art of the Roots of Knowledge is an international language that continues to make an impact every day to those visiting the gallery.

Additional Information

Before final installation, a few of the Roots of Knowledge windows were shipped to New York, Oxford University and London for short exhibitions. The Roots of Knowledge received rave reviews. The British daily newspaper, The Guardian, stated "The Roots of Knowledge is the most impressive and significant project in the last 100 years or so."