Have you seen the massive new art installation 'Chroma Spiral' in the R.W. Kern Center?
Renowned felt artist Janice Arnold re-envisioned the piece - originally designed for a passage at the Grand Rapids Art Museum - to take on a new form as a sculptural textile metaphor honoring the closed-loop systems underlying our Living Building (after all, wool is, perhaps, the oldest renewable, living material!) ‘Chroma Spiral’ interacts with the building’s natural light and lighting to create an immersive exploration of color, while also offering sound abatement and beauty.
Hats off to Sara Draper, Director of the Kern's Educational Program and Outreach, for her hard work in organizing all the many details involved in installing, insuring, and transporting the work (and the artist!) as part of a recent national conference on Campus Sustainability.
My installation ‘Chroma Spiral’ is now hanging in Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center in Amherst MA. This building was built with the goal of becoming the ninth building in the world to be certified under the world’s most rigorous green building standard, the Living Building Challenge (LBC) - and it has succeeded! It is operating Net-Positive, meaning it is not only completely self sufficient, it gives back to the grid.
Now the R.W. Kern center has art from a living, renewable material!
It’s an honor to have WOOL be the centerpiece of this most amazing place. These pieces were originally seen at the Grand Rapids Art Museum as part of my installation Chroma Passage. Here, this pure felted wool takes on a new form - a sculptural textile metaphor honoring the closed- loop systems underlying this Living Building. ‘Chroma Spiral’ interacts with the building’s natural light & lighting to create an immersive exploration of color, while also offering sound abatement & beauty!
Special thanks to Todd Holland, Sara Draper and Sarah Miller Meigs all who played important parts of making this possible!