The Anchorage Fire Training Center supports the History - Present and Future - of the Fire Training Center, serving 15 regional stations and their Urban Search and Rescue area services. The Sheltering Our Community Protectionproject was designed as layers of visual information using original and historic Fire Fighting imagery and old educational etchings dated back to the 1700's. Also photos of historic trucks, and common protocol for Fire Safety and EMT community services were included. This solution provides a deep sense of tradition while embodying this profession’s deeply held values of Pride, Stake-holdership and Dedication. The project is educational and entertaining, especially for the school-age visitors who enter at the lobby and view the fun and educational 'Alaskan Animal Walls' - a mural illustrating the distinction of roles and leadership made by each Fire Helmet along with the regions’ station badge identities featured throughout.
Municipality of Anchorage Percent for Art Photography: Chris Arend Photography - Anchorage Alaska
Shands Children's Hospital
A luminous and dimensional depiction of Florida's four eco-regions: coastal, river, prairie and mangrove. The Florida Eco-Stories project includes painterly images on wallpapered back surface and two panel layers of digital printed animals and poetic text pertaining to each region and species. Slowly meandering LED light programming completes the atmospheric, interactive and educational experience for children of all ages. The second of the two mural installation continues to the exterior corridor where the graphic images of the four eco regions are printed on a multi-color Trespa panel system covering the existing brick wall.
University of Florida Healthcare System Photography: Randy Batista Photography - Gainesville, Florida
Des Moines, Iowa
Eco-Stories, an interior project for the newly remodeled Mercy Pediatric Medical Center lobby relates to my interest in connecting history, ecology and our natural environment. I developed a story of how our human endeavors emulated nature during various eras and locations. The project covers the whole entry lobby including windows, walls, ceiling soffit and columns as it’s own environment. A favorite component are the 'Animal Head Sound Experience' where colorful buttons, when touched, starts the voicing of each of the 7 coordinated animal heads. The voices are in each animals' language which includes the Zebra bark and Orca song along with other unusual animal languages.
Mercy Pediatric Medical Center - Des Moines Public Art Purchase Photography: Paige Peterson Photography - Des Moines, IA
Growth of Potential
Cleveland State University – Monte Ahuja School of Business
Growth of Potential is an interior suspended installation combining visual and inspirational language in a 7-story open atrium space for a diverse student body at Cleveland State University’s Monte Ahuja School of Business. By pairing the unifying themes of water, land, trees, sky, and clouds with the animated language of Cleveland-based poets, I worked to emphasis business educational endeavors as creative and viable. The use of radiant dichroic panels inside the cloud sculptures refracted the natural and ambient light of the open space throwing a riot of color and shadows changing day to night and season to season.
Ohio State Arts Council Photography: Scott Pease Photography - Aurora, OH
Sheltering Movement is a suspended installation located in the Multimodal Transportation Center at Oklahoma State University. The installation emphasizes the concept of dynamic and uplifting movement, giving a feeling of constant directional shift, animating and filling a large curved open space. Translucent white elliptical elements suspended on stainless steel cable are activated with 8 programmable LED lamps changing to a variety of environmental shows depending on holidays, game days and party atmosphere for the student body at this vital University space.
Oklahoma Art in Public Place Photography: Jason Wallace Photography - Stillwater, OK
For Sheltering Growthset in a large open park area, the Houston Multi-Service Building lobby installation emphasized this growing community’s goals and public neighborhood connection with their first Public Art Commission. The project theme emulates the nearby arboreal setting and natural environment. I worked with the community in all aspects of this project relying on their feedback along with choosing a quotation that represent their personal and cultural values for the center. The overwhelming response was a feeling of being a part of something ‘elegant and special’.
Houston Arts Alliance Photography: Aker Imaging Photography - Houston, TX
Nature of Community - Cycle & River Walls
Nature of Community is a set of interactive murals on the exterior walls of a high-density pedestrian walkway using themes that define the community in Redmond WA, emphasizing their Natural Environment & Cycling culture. Seen from afar as colorful and abstract, the designs become distinct identifiable images up close. Nighttime LED lighting changes colors to give each mural a sense of the movement, depicting the cadence of cycle wheels or the nearby slow moving river slough. Sandblasted circles and waves on the sidewalk surface tie the walkway to each of the mural themed installations, further engaging the residential viewer and local pedestrians.
Nelson Legacy Group - City of Redmond Arts Commission, WA Photography: W. Alexander Long - Kirkland, WA
Ernestine Anderson Place
Ernestine Anderson Place is a brand new senior housing project named for this great female international Jazz singer. My interest was to not only give a historical view of Ernestine Anderson and the history of Seattle’s remarkable Jackson Street Jazz Corridor, but to reconnect the changing and growing community back to this creative and artistic roots inspiring future accomplishments in all areas. Using digital images of this artist albums, pictures and artistic partnerships attached to the street scape 29 panel window front, allows for interior and exterior public viewing.
LIHI (Low Income Housing Institute) Photography: Anderson & Young Photography & ARC - Riot Creative - Seattle, WA
SouthShore Library - Ruskin, Florida
Sandpiper Pavilions responded to the Hillsborough County’s master plan for public art. The pavilions’ structural form references the beloved Gulf Sandpiper with their reference to curved ‘running’ legs, engineered to carry the cantilevered sun-shade circles. Palm leaf laser cut imagery casts shadows on the plaza, continuing the shoreline theme using natural lighting. LED in-ground lighting at the feet provide an added evening feature after sunset, with effects pre-programmed for up to 6 themes including slow changing colors. Water ring images are sandblasted on the plaza surface, tying pedestrian seating areas and pavilions. This formerly unused plaza now hosts weekend markets and events.
Hillsborough County Public Art - Tampa, Florida Photography: Joseph Traina Photography- Tampa, FL ‘Sand Hill Cranes’ photo: Allison Turril - FL
El Paso, Texas
Mandala Sunrise celebrates the unique and remarkable blending of cultures embodied by University of Texas at El Paso’s special relationship and partnership with the Kingdom of Bhutan. I also used the UTEP‘s colorful Latin culture and southwest landscape as inspiration for the project theme, redefining these elements into a highly engineered yet lyrical installation. The ‘spiritual mandala’ represents the the Bhutanese sand paintings, with all these wing- like colors picked up by the wind into the sky, carrying the wishes and dreams of this University by turning into an environmental ‘sunrise’ experience.
University of Texas at El Paso Photography: Aurelio Hernandez Photography, Liz Thurmond, UTEP - night photos
Park City, Utah
Sheltering Aspen emulates the iconic Aspen groves unique to the Utah mountain region. The project pushed the typical idea of sculpture into an interactive site, inviting visitors to walk through a riot of color cast through the translucent eco-resin leaves populated on 72 aluminum curved tree posts, strong enough to withstand 110 mph winds. The project is installed in existing concrete planter boxes surrounding the plaza allowing visitors to walk through and around the installation on their way to the city hall entry.
Park City Municipal Corporation - Public Art Advisory Board Photography: Melissa Soltesz Photography - Park City, UT - day Vince Soltere Photography - Park City, UT - night
Sky River Trees
Hands on Children’s Museum Plaza - Olympia, WA
The Hands On Children’s Museum new facility in Olympia, WA incorporates a community’s long-term environmental educational vision for children and families from pre-school through 12 years old. Sky River Trees reflects the original Squaxin Island Tribe (People of the Water) and their reverence for the natural surroundings of this region. The 6 trees at 30’ tall, aluminum and colored translucent eco-resin bubbles and waves, are situated at the front of the new museum and the parking garden entry. During the day the light refraction from the sun reflects the many colored ‘bubbles’ from the tree-like river sculptures onto the existing pedestrian walkway to engage the young people entering the plaza and Hands-On Children's Museum.
City of Olympia, WA - Park, Arts and Recreation Department 'Arts Commission' Photography: Abner Guzman Photography - Olympia, WA - night Koryn Rolstad - day