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'sky' is a site-responsive, photo based, kinetic wall sculpture.
In the spring of 2008, I was asked to develop a concept for a recently completed academic building. The building was specially constructed for the new computational directions scientific research was headed. Physics supercomputers modeled hurricanes and predicted climate shifts. After a period of research and conversations with those that were engaged in research there day to day, I presented a concept that would conceptually mirror the work undertaken there.
'sky' is comprised of 39 individual cyanotypes printed on cotton panels mounted on a interior wall that faces a large glass atrium. Together, the panels represent a cloudscape that references both the atmospheric and environmental conditions researched therein but also speaks to the basic environmental sources that the cyanotype depends on as well - water and sunlight. This cloudscape conjures up the vastness and evolving nature of the environment and acts as a manmade reflection of the cloud one sees through the windows just outside the building. Each panel acts as a piece of a knowledge puzzle that is slowly being revealed through the researcher's work. Custom brackets that hold the panels approx 4 inches away from the wall which allows them to move in the slight interior breeze created by the buildings HVAC, further reminding one of the relationships between constructed and natural environments.
'sky' was installed in the foyer of a computational science academic building called Reseach 1, on the campus of George Mason University in 2008. It was commissioned by the principle staffers managing the building on just after the building was completed.
Some of the buildings occupants are: The College of Science, the Center for History and New Media, Center for Air Transportation Systems Research, Center for Earth Observing & Space Research, C4I, Center for Social Complexity, and the Office of Sponsored Programs.