Art in Public Places for the HJULC Building Made Their Final Selection!

Architect, Christophe Zeller (left) with Dept. of Art Head, Julia Barello (center) and MFA Candidate, Jeff Erwin (right)

Members from the Art in Public Places Committee announced their final selection for the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Commission. In a meeting last Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, the chosen artwork from a highly competitive field of artists was announced. The final selection is by Sarah Schonfeld with Zeller & Moye Architects. Her piece is titled Mine Mirror and was selected for concept.  The following, is taken from the Sarah Schonfeld’s project proposal for Mine Mirror:

“Our proposal for an artwork on the large wall in the Computer Lab of the Hardman and Jacob’s Undergraduate Learning Center (HJULC) is a site-specific intervention, which involves and addresses three main elements: the students, the (digitalized) knowledge of the University, and its corollary architectural environment. Our work will engage with these three elements and rearrange them into a spatial arrangement of multiplied perspectives.

For our project Mine Mirror, we will work with the ‘brain’ of the University, its stored knowledge: the digital data-base. We propose to transform the knowledge into physical but abstract elements that students can interact with on various levels. Firstly, a carefully selected part of the University’s data will be copied to storage media in the

form of hard drives. In a second step, the metals inside the hard drives that retaining the data such as aluminium and alloys of ruthenium, cobalt-nickel-iron, cobalt-chromium-platinum will be extracted from the discs in a recy-cling process known as urban mining.. The harvested aluminium and alloys will be transformed into mirrors by ap-plying them as thin layers on blank polycarbonate sheets in a vacuum evaporation process. Following, the metal-coated mirror elements will be assembled into a large pattern, covering nearly the entire wall of the Computer Lab This multi-facetted pattern is designed in a way such that computer users in the Lab can see each other in panes of the th ree-dimensional mirror structure. The mirror landscape visualizes the participatory aspect of individuals coming together to work collectively on knowledge production. Simultaneously, users are offered a new perspective on their own activities in form of a playful and non-digital experience.”

The formal commissioning of the project is currently in process. We will keep you posted when the installation of Mine Mirror is installed.

*Event Image: Julia Barello discussing Sarah Schonfeld’s maquette of Mine Mirror with Dan Kemme.

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