Client: Engineering and Industry Building, University of Alaska Anchorage
Location: Anchorage, AK, United States
Completion date: 2019
Artwork budget: $190,000
Sheila Wyne Studios
Sheila Wyne Studios
Latin root – to cause, to create, to produce.
The found and manipulated objects are detritus from the built environment and the engineering field. Several hundred pieces are welded and assembled to create layers – a tactile history of the visual strata our society stands upon. The indigo arc provides a horizon line – the curvature of our one and only planet Earth.
The manipulated, welded signage provides an interwoven base layer. A 21 day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon informed me of the stratification of color. In this piece, the layers move from reds to oranges to yellows and finally whites. The surface patinas of the manipulated signage provides an element of time – time spent in our fabricated world.
The overall effect moves from ‘grounded’ colors below the the blue arc and transitions to the lighter colors of yellow and white. This gives a sense of both stratification and also a stylized landscape.
Many objects were collected through the year of concept, design and fabrication to insert into this stylized landscape. A magpie-like collection of tools, etc. that we have used to create the world as we know it.
The found and manipulated objects are detritus from the built environment and the engineering field. A street sign is an engineer’s signature. Several hundred pieces were assembled to create layers – a tactile history of the visual strata our society stands upon.
Road signs are re-fabricated and welded to an aluminum substrate to form weaved layers of stratified colors. The indigo arc acts as a visual horizon line with the deeper oranges and reds, 'below ground' and the yellow and whites 'above ground'.
Attached to this strata field are scores of detritus and antiquated tools from the engineering profession.
The indigo arc provides a horizon line - the curvature of our one and only planet Earth.
The project involved coordination with:
•. University of Alaska Anchorage
•. General Mechanical - fabricators
•. Arctic Fires Bronze Sculptureworks - welding
Ingenerare Bas relief sculpture 2020 14' x 12' x 1' Manipulated found objects, re-fabricated signage, aluminum Engineering and Industry Building, University of Alaska Anchorage