This artwork is conceived as a reflecting ‘pool’ of light that suggests the calming and ever-changing qualities of water and its poetic qualities of light. This ‘pool’ is in the form of a geometrically pure 35-foot diameter disk with a rippled surface comprised of a field of cast glass elements that are optically clear. The form and surface combine to refract, reflect and transmit both ambient and direct sunlight.
As the building occupants move around the atrium or along the balconies above, the sculpture constantly changes in appearance. Within the “peaks and valleys” of the cast glass, light takes on a dynamic quality creating an ever-shifting composition - an animated surface of ‘liquid light’.
The sculpture draws our attention with its initial suggestion of water, but the levels of detail and range of scale may also suggest ideas about 3D mapping, big data visualization and its transformation of human knowledge and medicine.
Client: Stanford University Hospital