Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Buffalo, NY
The HWI wished to use the glass of the building’s facade to communicate its work to the public, and to reinforce the significance of its staff with visual and symbolic emphases. Scientists working at the HWI introduced me to their research and methods. Consulting with these researchers in person initiated the development of the window’s design, one that represents the Institute’s transfigurative accomplishments. The abstract composition is sandblasted on all four layers of insulated glass. The design components use packing structures as shapes, mathematical formulae as lines and diffraction patterns and protein structures as circles. These shapes overlap and interact in the eye of the viewer in an aesthetically pleasing and meaningful ways.
The facility’s sandblasted glass facade illustrates artifacts of the actual research being conducted within the building, including x-ray crystallographic diffraction patterns; a mathematical formula created by Herbert Hauptman known as the minimal function; the insulin protein structure; and elements of cell formation known as packing structures. The elements of the composition form a cohesive statement, one that highlights the community’s identity as an organization devoted to seeking a cure for diabetes.
Powers of Ten: Ho Science Center, Colgate University
Architect: Shepley Bullfinch
Jumping Into The World: Hamilton Public Library
The images represent figures jumping into a swirling constellation of handprints, each composed of tiny dots, or stars, that represent the galaxy of our shared universe, and our shared humanity. The handprints allude to petroglyphs that have been found in prehistoric sites. The handprints represent anonymous individuals working cooperatively, and provide a metaphor for community. Spinning around the panel’s galaxy are spheres that represent distinct fields of study that can be explored within any library.
Keck Center Colgate University
The Keck Center is a language laboratory and a meeting place for the Humanities. The glass walls dividing the lab from the center are insulated and sandblasted with images of classical Greek sculpture that have been extracted from their contexts and reconfigured into separate tableaux, each one representing a discipline taught in humanistic study.