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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Brody Hall

Artist Name: Ed Carpenter

City: East Lansing

Date of Window: 2011

Subject/Title of Window: Filament - A Dichroic Glass Sculpture

Brief Description of Subject: Filament sweeps through the Brody Hall like a brush stroke of light and color. A delicate and crystalline gesture in space, it ascends above the stairway, visible from inside and out, night and day, as an invitation into the building and up the stairs to the student dining area. Its form suggests botanical references, and its title derives from the name for the stalk of the another of a flower. Tautly suspended from the main structural elements of the architecture, the sculpture is conceived to be both integrated and autonomous, born of the building but strong enough to thrive on its own. Morning sun penetrates the east facing curtain wall, striking the sculpture and imbuing the floor and ceiling with slowly moving projections of colored light. At night, carefully placed fixtures illuminate the length of the installation while splashing the ceiling with rich patterns of color and shadow. Materials: Powder coated aluminum, dichroic glass, stainless steel cables and hardware.

Condition of Window: Good


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