Client: Illinois Wesleyan University
Location: Bloomington, IL, United States
Completion date: 2012
Artwork budget: $300,000
I was challenged with creating a unique icon within the new Ames School of Art entry rotunda at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. The rotunda was a glass cylinder 40' high x 25' in diameter and was visible throughout the central common at the center of campus.
This piece was intended to draw attention to the Ames Art School by exhibiting and inspirational work that would celebrate the fine arts and that would be visible throughout campus both during day and night.
The director of development at IWU did an exhaustive search for an artist to create this sculpture, and after consultation with the project donor, Ames School of Art staff and university administration as well as the project architects I was awarded me a concept development fee. The committee voted to accept one of the 3 variations I designed of a suspended aerial sculpture incorporating dichroic glass and stainless steel and using computer controlled lighting to create a dynamic color environment in the rotunda.
As an unexpected development after installation of the sculpture students at the adjoining School of Music and Theater decided that the rotunda was their favorite environment for vocal and chamber music recitals.