Thinking Globally in Human Scale

Submitted by Kana Tanaka

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Client: Central Connecticut State University

Location: New Britain, CT, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team

Artist

Kana Tanaka

Other

Mark Allyn

BVH Integrated Services, P.C.

Industry Resource

Hugo Napier

Griplock Systems, LLC

Architect

Ed Bourget

Stantec

Overview

Inspired by the five disciplines in the academic building: Anthropology, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Geography, the artwork seeks to unify and integrate these elements by using the “human” form in interaction with the “globe”.
The artwork fills the open space with thousands of sparkling spherical glass beads. In the midst of it, a group of tinted blue beads form a large 6-foot spherical area that represents the “globe.”
To depict the long history of human beings inhabiting the globe, a human silhouette passes through the clear sparkly atmosphere and through the floating blue globe, creating negative space.

Process

The collaboration was needed to create the connection point between the artwork and the ceiling as seamless as possible. The artist worked with the architect, engineer and the cable company to determine the reinforcement system above the ceiling material as well as each of the small parts used to suspend 10,000 handmade large glass beads.