Client: Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center
Location: Johnson County, KS, United States
Completion date: 2011
Artwork budget: $160,000
zars studio ltd.
Public Art Agent
Planning, Design & Construction
Bruce L. Rider, Director
Johnson County Juvenile Detention
Material: dichroic glass, aluminum holding and aircraft cable.
Size: 25' x 50' x 50' (entrance )
We have a dream is one of three parts of a permanent public art piece for Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center, Kansas.
The sculpture addresses the new philosophy and approach that Juvenile facility should function as an across road and emphasize a positive future. We have a dream is located at the entrance of the facility, then continues to the control center and resident area.
Work closely with architect and office of Johnson County, particular legal department. Projects were developed with suggestion and need of the facility, idea of location and “function” of the artworks were developed with architect. Two of other projects were involved with over 100 residents in the facility. One is a 90 feet of relief sculpture on retaining wall. I run series of sculpture classes every three weeks in the facility for 10 months. I worked with English teacher to collecting the writings from residents for a security structure window curtain wall. This is LEED platinum building project, a lot of more details were further considered.
The artwork uses rings and disks of diachronic glass, reflecting the moving sunlight through a skylight and 360 degrees of surrounding clearstory. The glass color project creates various rainbow colors, moving and imprinting the color pattern across the wall and floor throughout the space.